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Here at Bristol Brunel Academy, we have a passionate, enthusiastic, and dedicated team of English teachers, who share a love of literature and possess an affinity with language. We don’t just view English as a subject; we regard it as a route to success in all subjects. We believe that English is not only the gateway to all exam achievement, but the magical portal which leads to future fulfilment in any career our students aspire to pursue. Our students will spend five years (and hopefully more, if they choose to continue their English studies into Sixth Form) reading fantastic texts, developing their vocabulary, maximising their cultural capital, and experiencing a high level of challenge in all aspects of their learning. We aim to lead them on an exciting journey through the rich history of English Literature, sharing with them stories, plays, poetry, and non-fiction writing from Ancient Greece, Elizabethan England, the Victorian Era, the Twentieth Century, and the Modern Day. In all of our students, we hope to inspire a love of reading, cultivate a confidence in speaking, and foster an ability to write in a multitude of ways with judiciousness, distinction, and flair.


At Bristol Brunel Academy, we have collaborated with the other schools in the Cabot Learning Federation to redevelop the curriculum across Years 7, 8, and 9, in order to ensure that students are prepared to meet the high demands of the new 100% examination GCSEs. We believe in engaging with challenging texts, exploring difficult ideas, and developing a depth of understanding that provides our students with an excellent foundation for GCSE. We cover three key topic areas across each academic year, built around key texts, with additional poetry and non-fiction reading accompanying our exploration of each genre:

Year 7 study embraces the topics ‘Myths and Legends’, ‘Journeys’, and ‘Adventures and Conflict’, with students enjoying stories from  the Greek Myths, Shakespeare’s play ‘The Tempest’, and Gothic Literature (Jekyll and Hyde  is our core novel text, studied alongside extracts taken from other gothic treasures, such as The Castle of Otranto, Frankenstein, and Wuthering Heights).

Year 8 study comprises the topics ‘Pre-1900 Literature ( Detective Fiction)’, ‘Dystopia and Utopia’, and ‘Relationships’, with students entertained by one of Sherlock Holmes’ adventures, extracts taken from a plethora of Dystopian Fiction texts (with George Orwell’s novel Animal Farm as the centrepiece), and Shakespeare’s play ‘Macbeth’.

Year 9 is a stepping stone to GCSE, in which students cover World War One Poetry, John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men, and the art of Rhetoric in the first four terms, and then spend the last two terms directly preparing for their GCSE English Language Exams.

KS3 students are assessed in Year 7 and 8 through a series of ‘Core Tasks’, designed to reflect the GCSE Language and Literature paper tasks, enabling students to begin developing their skills early on. Year 9 also complete ‘Core Tasks’, and culminate their studies by sitting their first official GCSE English Mock Exam towards the end of the summer term.

Deputy Curriculum Leader (KS3): Miss Pickup. Email: for more information, or with any questions.


At Bristol Brunel Academy, we use the AQA exam board for all English GCSE courses.

All students study two GCSE courses in English: English Literature, and English Language.

These GCSEs help develop students’ knowledge of English through studying a range of challenging texts, including fiction, non-fiction, drama, and poetry. As well as developing a sound knowledge of English, we also aim to develop students’ reading, writing, and speaking and listening skills. Not only does this allow students to be successful in their exams, but also to be successful members of society, confident communicators, and capable readers.

Each course is assessed by 100% examinations. In total, students will undertake four exams: two for Literature, and two for Language. A summary of these four exams is shown below.

Further information, including advice, past papers, and revision resources, can be found on the English Department Blog:

Curriculum Leader: Mr Bunker. Email: for more information, or with any questions.