English studies at the West London Free School are rooted in the appreciation and knowledge of literature from key artistic movements and epochs. The literature we select is chosen for its quality and depth and because we believe it is the very best that literature has to offer. This will give your child the opportunity to engage with texts normally reserved for A-level and beyond. With these writers and their work as a benchmark, pupils can develop and enhance the style and accuracy of their own writing.
Alongside the study of great prose, poetry and drama, pupils will also explore a range of non-fiction writing, with a range of publications from before the 19th century to the present day and covering a broad spectrum of historical, social and cultural changes.
To fully engage and appreciate the prescribed literature as well as their own personal reading, pupils are taught carefully selected critical theories or ‘lenses’ through which they can understand and analyse texts. These include myth theory, reader-response theory, Marxist theory and post-colonial theory.
Our Key Stage 3 curriculum is informed by – but not limited to – the content assessed at Key Stages 4 and 5 and offers all pupils a broad foundation for later success at GCSE and A-level.