English curriculum intent

Our curriculum is designed to enable students to become confident, literate readers and critical, accurate writers. This is our focus as we want all students to leave school with greater levels of social, emotional and economic wellbeing. Each unit of work deals with a range of social and cultural factors which form a core part of student discussion, broadening their understanding of the world and their place within it. By allowing students to become critical and accurate writers, we can send them out into the world as effective communicators both in the work place and in their personal lives. This in turn allows students to explore how to express themselves creatively in written and spoken form.

How we plan to achieve it:


  • To inspire successful learners who are independent and enjoy reading so that they making outstanding progress and achieving their potential.
  • To expose them to a rich diet of Literary heritage texts and modern readers so that cultural capital increases over time.
  • To explore the contexts of classic prose, poetry and plays so that knowledge is mastered across key stages.
  • To focus on the mastery of key writing and literacy skills so that students are competent in the foundations of written English.
  • To expose students to regular tier 2 vocabulary so that they widen their vocabulary.
  • To encourage confident and expressive individuals who understand how English teaches us about human behaviour and society.
  • To inspire and empower pupils to take next steps in English beyond The Westleigh School.

To view our English Curriculum Maps, please click the links below:


The table below outlines the examination board studied at Key Stage 4


Year 10 (2021)

Year 11 (2020)

English Language



English Literature








Page updated: 06/07/2021