The English department has designed the Key Stage 3 schemes of work to follow the principles of the National Curriculum, to develop literacy and oracy skills.

Pupils in all years have their skills regularly assessed in these three key areas: reading, writing and oral communication. We aim to equip our pupils not just with the ‘English’ knowledge needed to succeed in their English Language and Literature GCSEs, but to provide them with the communication skills necessary to flourish in their further education and working lives.

Curriculum and Qualifications

At KS4 the department follows the EDUQAS English Language and Literature GCSE Course.

The Specification can be found here:

Extra Curricular Opportunities

We hold an annual Short Story Competition for all pupils in Years 7 and 8. This year, Year 7 pupils were judged on their suspense short stories, whilst Year 8 have written gothic horror stories. House points were awarded as well as individual prizes for the winning entries. Year 11 will also be battling for the highly prized title of 'Year 11 Punctuator of the Year'.

Years 7 to 9 pupils have the opportunity to take part in the annual ‘Readathon’ which raises money for childrens’ charities. This also includes talks by different visiting authors.

Year 9 classes take part in the BBC School News Report day in March. This is a cross-curricular project with the ICT and media departments. Pupils' news reports are available to view in the 'News' section of the website here

Mrs Groves and Ms Would co-ordinate The Uffculme Star club, which produces 'The Uffculme Star' magazine twice a year – written by pupils, for pupils.  

New for 2018-19 is Ms Beaven’s ‘Book to Film Club’ which promotes reading for pleasure across the two narrative forms. This year she hopes to tackle topics and themes which challenge our pupils’ perceptions of the world.

Out and About:

The English Department regularly organises visits to the theatre, either to support the reading of texts during Key Stage 4, or for the pure pleasure of live theatre. Pupils have recently been to see Othello at The Lighthouse Theatre in Poole; The Woman in Black and Othello at the Northcott in Exeter; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time at the Theatre Royal, Bath – to name but a few. They have also visited the 'Poetry Live’ Event 2017, to experience renowned poets perform their poems, many of which are studied as part of the English Literature course.

Mrs Poortman, December 2018

If you require further information about the English curriculum at KS3 or KS4 please contact Mrs Poortman, Head of Department, at PoortmanL@uffculmeschool.net