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We consider the teaching and learning of English to be the foundation of all other learning in our school. We strive to develop our teaching craft to adapt to our students’ needs, in a partnership with parents, carers and, above all else, our students.

Subject Leader: Ms E Morgan 

Teachers: Miss D Brennan, Miss H Jordan, Mrs J Lopez, Miss E Rose, Miss J Swainson, Mrs L Cliffe 

Mission Statement 

Each of our units aims to develop a range of key knowledge and skills while mastering a particular skill set. Our units are enriched beyond the key knowledge and skills through the inclusion of wider fiction, non-fiction, poetry, writing, and oracy opportunities. This enrichment is focused on developing a wider schema and cultural capital to support our young people in both their academic achievements and their lives beyond our school. Vocabulary and literacy are prominent in our curriculum and are used to develop key knowledge and understanding as well as securing our young peoples’ literacy levels. Knowledge and skills have been interleaved within our five year curriculum to ensure students experience the English curriculum in greater depth across each academic year and are given opportunities to secure, revisit and master key knowledge and skills. Ultimately, our curriculum is focused on providing our young people with a life-long love of learning and preparing them for a successful journey into working life.


Our aims are:

1  To provide our students with a keen understanding, interest and proficiency in their use of language, both written and spoken.

2  To nurture a love of our shared language, its heritage and its literature. We aim to explore the nature of the society and world in which we live, both through direct observation and through the novels, plays, poetry and non-fiction material which we teach and which we encourage students to experience independently.

3  To develop in our students a love for reading – reading for learning and reading for pleasure.

4  To enable students to work hard for examination results which will allow them to make their own career choices.

5  That the students will enjoy our lessons and find them worthwhile and stimulating. We aim to develop, review and adapt our teaching craft, strategies and techniques, to meet the needs and interests of our students.


Here are a few things you need to know: 

  • Students in Year 7 have four hours of English every week 
  • Year groups receive homework weekly on teams 
  • There are 11 English teachers across the department 
  • We are incredibly proud of the results of our students which are testament to the strength of our curriculum and the passion and the skills of our team 
  • Whilst studying English Literature you will be expected to work both independently and as part of a group. Lessons will focus on close reading and analysis of the texts. Lessons involve regular opportunities for discussions and feedback with frequent opportunities to practice and develop the key analytical reading skills. 


All students will study English at key stage 3 and key stage 4, when they will complete 2 GCSE courses:

Eduqas GCSE English Language

Eduqas GCSE English Literature


Do you run trips? 

We've run a range of really exciting trips in the English Department - from theatre trips, to visiting poets and authors and our extra curricular opportunities are wide-ranging. 


Is there a school library? 

We are really proud of our beautiful library and we love nothing more than sharing the joy of reading with students of all ages. 


Click here to view the Curriculum Map 

English curriculum at Meols Cop High School complies with the Equality Act 2010, the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 and is accessible for pupil with SEND. Click here to view the SEND Policy. 

Updated December 2021