Balshaw’s Church of England High School


English Department Staff

For more information about the Subject curriculum, please contact: Mrs D Dolman.

  • Mrs D Dolman - Curriculum Leader
  • Mr L Duckworth - Second in Department
  • Mrs M Carr - English teacher
  • Mrs C Cornwell - English Teacher
  • Mrs L Dudley - Teacher of English and MFL
  • Mrs G Henderson - Literacy Coordinator & English Teacher
  • Miss F McCutcheon - English Teacher
  • Mrs M Rogerson - SENDCO & English Teacher
  • Mrs C Walsh - English Teacher
  • Mrs M Whittam - Drama and English Teacher

Year 11 English Revision Materials


GCSE English Language

GCSE English Language and Literature


The English Department Key Stage 3 Schemes of Work

At Balshaw’s, students develop the skills of Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing through a varied diet of:

  • Classic literature from our Literary Heritage, including Shakespeare.
  • Important movements in literature, for example War Poetry.
  • Writing from current and recent novelists, poets and journalists.
  • Poetry and prose from other cultures.
  • Fiction, non-fiction, whole novels, extracts, stories and non-fiction articles.

Balshaw’s ‘Life after Levels’ assessment structure consists of six key strands in both reading and writing. Each of these are assessed throughout the year using the EDUQAS Key Stage 3 tests in reading and writing, which aid transition between Key Stages 2, 3 and 4.

In addition, we aim to foster a love of reading:

  • By sharing challenging and enabling texts, some of which students may not access otherwise, with the aim of engaging students in reading for pleasure.
  • By insisting on regular private reading and sharing and modelling a love of reading, in order to inspire students to read widely.

Please use the following links for more information about the range of topics covered at Key Stage 3:

The English Department Key Stage 4 Schemes of Work

The department follows the EDUQAS GCSE English course for English Language and Literature and also offers EDUQAS GCSE Media Studies as an option subject.

The English Department also takes part in a variety of internal and external extension activities such as The Young Writers’ Club (Valentine’s Day poetry competition, Grimm Tales competition), Rotary Youth Speaks and a variety of Year 10 AGT events at Runshaw College. Year 7/8/9 take part in AGT activities linked with other subjects to develop transferable skills such as problem solving, communication, creative and critical thinking and teamwork.

We also share live theatre experiences with the students, for example in December 2018, the whole of year 11 watched a live production of ‘A Christmas Carol’ in school and visits to the theatre also enhance students’ experience and understanding. The librarian also organises an induction lesson for all students to assist with their transition to Key Stage 3 and, alongside our independent reading in class, this creates strong links between the English Department and the Learning Resource Centre.