Welcome to the English Dept.

Welcome to the English Department

English is invaluable for your future no matter what you are aiming for. A good command of the spoken and written word will help you every day – and benefit all of your other work too. Whatever you end up doing, English is a must have subject for college, university, work and life!

English is the primary language of communication in the UK. Most of us grow up speaking it fluently or learn naturally as we become immersed in the classroom and society around us. Written English is a different story. To learn the rules of spelling, punctuation and grammar, construct a sentence on a page and pronounce the words we happily speak every day, takes everyone a lot of time, study and patience. Learning these rules can help you to study other foreign languages at the same time too.

Employers say that one of the most valuable things they look for in the people who work for them is good communication skills and this means writing and presentation as well as talking. Being able to write a good cover letter, which is free from mistakes, can also be key to getting that job in the first place. Essentially, whenever you need to persuade, inform or connect with someone, English is your best friend.

Members of Staff

Mrs S Rutty – Curriculum Leader srutty@nailseaschool.com

Miss L Creswick – Assistant Curriculum Leader – KS3 lcreswick@nailseaschool.com

Mrs S Wisby – Assistant Curriculum Leader – KS5 swisby@nailseaschool.com

Ms Florence Cowling – English Teacher fcowling@nailseaschool.com

Ms Casey Beth Jacobs – English Teacher cjacobs@nailseaschool.com

Miss R Figgures – English Teacher rfiggures@nailseaschool.com

Miss P Parker – English Teacher pparker@nailseaschool.com

Mrs E Cooper – English Teacher ecooper@nailseaschool.com


English - More Information

The content of the curriculum in Years 7-9

Students are taught in mixed ability classes in Years 7-9.  Each class has 6 lessons per fortnight. Within our two week timetable, all students develop their knowledge of written English rules through focused grammar lessons and develop their study of the literary canon in our reading skills lessons.

At KS3, we believe strongly in allowing individuality in our curriculum, ensuring that there is room for content to be adapted to suit and match our students whilst still maintaining a level of consistency in the topics covered.

Our curriculum has been designed to ensure that students are equipped for further study (topics are in line with those at GCSE) but also for their lives outside of education.

KS3 English Curriculum Outline

Assistant Head of Department & KS3 Co-ordinator for English: Miss L Creswick (lcreswick@nailseaschool.com)


The content of the curriculum in Years 10-11

In Years 10-11, students are taught in broad ‘ability groups’.  The vast majority of our students study for GCSEs in both English Language and English Literature.  Our exam board for both subjects is EDUQAS; further information can be found at:

GCSE English Curriculum Outline

Curriculum Leader and KS4 co-ordinator: Mrs S Rutty (srutty@nailseaschool.com)


The content of the curriculum in Years 12-13

Year 12 & 13 Curriculum Outline

Assistant Head of Department & KS5 co-ordinator is Mrs S Wisby (swisby@nailseaschool.com)


Supporting your child:

English is about communication, so parents help every time they have a conversation with their children, especially conversations which encourage children to think and to express more complex thoughts and feelings.  Some children are less good at really listening to other people and responding directly to what they’ve said – so, encourage them to listen and respond if they tend not to.

All children need to read. We have to lead them in small steps towards the kinds of book they’ll read for GCSE, ie classics such as Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol and more modern texts like An Inspector Calls or Lord of the Flies are currently on the GCSE exam list.  Please continue to help your child choose books s/he will find stimulating and challenging.

Please encourage your child to go to plays and films and to talk to you about them. Encourage him/her to participate in Drama productions.

Lastly, please read your child’s work in English and encourage them to make improvements both to its context and accuracy. Talk to him/her about it.  Help them with spellings and punctuation, but also with ideas and organisation.