English & Media

English & Media


The aim of the English and Media Department is to encourage the exploration and appreciation of the English Language and Literature in all forms, and to inspire students to develop a lifelong passion for learning.

All students in the Lower School follow detailed, differentiated Schemes of Work which are continually reviewed by the department.  The school year is broken down into half-term topics of study that include: the novel, writing, language, drama and poetry. The pupils are tested against age related progress statements in the form of a baseline and summative assessment, which are used to map individual progress.

Years 7-11 are all taught in ability groups and, in the Autumn term of Year 9, students begin studying for their GCSEs in English Language and Literature. Students take their GCSE English Literature and GCSE English Language at the end of Year 11.

Media Studies GCSE is a popular option subject and continues to grow, as do our facilities for this subject, which include a dedicated media suite and high quality filming equipment.

At Sixth Form, we offer English Language (AQA), English Literature (AQA Specification B) and Media Studies (AQA).  The uptake of these subjects is extremely high, especially in Year 12, but individual class sizes rarely exceed 20.  At present, all members of the department teach an A Level class.


We offer many opportunities to see live performances of texts and we run A Level study and lecture days. There are also Lower and Upper School Media clubs. We run GCSE Support, GCSE revision, A Level Linguistic boosters, Reading Clubs and A-Level coursework sessions to support achievement in English. Outside of the curriculum, members of the department also run other clubs such as Badminton Club and Debate Club.

Department Staff

Miss H. McMahon - Curriculum Leader of English & Media

Miss K. Smith - Assistant Curriculum Leader of English and Media

Miss E. Speed - Assistant Principal, KS5 English and Media Coordinator, English Teacher

Mr T. Lamb - Subject Leader of Media, English Teacher

Miss A. Dickinson - English Teacher

Mr H. Woolley - English Teacher

Miss M. Johnson - English Teacher

Miss C. Brooks - English Teacher


Please contact Miss McMahon for detailed curriculum information at h.mcmahon@belvedereacademy.net