English at the Moat School is a fun and vibrant subject that aims to provide our pupils with an enjoyable experience of language and literature.  We provide lessons that engage pupils in a range of activities with a huge variety of contexts and modes of communication.  We follow the national curriculum in Key Stage 3 and the IGCSE board for GCSE.  Over the years we have seen a steady increase in our success rate and we currently have over 57% of our pupils achieving a 4 or above at GCSE. In the 2019 exam series, 93% of pupils achieved a 4-9.

KS3 Course


Our KS3 course is based around genres and we ensure that our pupils are well versed in the text types they will need to know when they get to GCSE.  We believe our pupils need to be multi-literate.  For this reason, they will study literature including novels and poetry; non-fiction and media such as leaflets, biographies and reports; newer technologies such as email, blogs and websites; and, of course, spoken communication.


GCSE Course


GCSE sees our pupils studying Shakespeare and poetry, different cultures’ prose, and 1st and 3rd person writing. These are completed as 3 pieces of internally assessed coursework contributing to 50% of their grade.  Our pupils will also complete 2 external examinations; one reading paper and one writing paper.  These make up 50% of their final grade.  Speaking and listening is also assessed but will not contribute towards their grade.


The Moat English Teaching Strategies

The strategies used to teach English by The Moat School staff are varied and evolve with our pupils.  These strategies may include:


  • Creative play or design work to encourage risk taking

  • Group, paired or shared reading to develop reading accuracy and fluency

  • Shared construction of texts to model writing techniques

  • Deconstruction of modelled texts to identify conventions

  • Using writing frames to structure responses to topics

  • Role play and drama techniques used to understand characters and themes

  • Over learning to ensure thorough knowledge of topics

  • Group work or working in teams to encourage lateral thinking

  • Using the stimulus for writing to develop creativity

  • Incorporation of technology such as ICT, internet or apps

  • Use of moving and still images to storyboard ideas for narratives

  • Use of voice activated software to support the writing process


Many courses offered by colleges and sixth forms require English GCSE as part of their entry requirements.  We understand the need to help every child succeed.  We offer each pupil the opportunity to develop their skills in English in a secure and fun environment that caters to the individual needs of our pupils. A solid grounding in English will allow our pupils the opportunity to move on from The Moat School with confidence in their skills in reading, writing and speaking in a variety of forms.


You can find specific information about the curriculum for each Year Group here:


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