The English Department wants to promote a curiosity about learning and an active interest in language, literature, media studies and drama, demonstrating to students how to develop their writing, reading and speaking and listening skills. Our belief is that all students can love reading, and we aim to encourage this through introducing them to a wide range of texts, both in class and independently at home with our Accelerated Reader scheme.


In Year 7 Students study a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts from a range of genres. Students are taught in mixed-ability groups, and work focuses on improving writing, reading and speaking and listening skills.


In Year 8 students are taught in mixed-ability groups. Students are introduced to more complex texts from a range of time periods including Dickens’ ‘Great Expectations’.


In the year prior to GCSE study we focus on developing the maturity and accuracy of students’ reading, writing, and speaking and listening skills. Students study a range of challenging texts from different time periods and cultures, such as ‘Of Mice and Men’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’.

YEAR 10 & 11

Years 10 & 11 Students are entered for both AQA GCSE English Language and English Literature. During this time, students develop the necessary skills to enable them to be successful in the world of work. They refine their reading, writing and speaking and listening skills. In addition to this, students also develop and refine their appreciation of a wide range of literary texts such as Dickens’s ‘A Christmas Carol’, Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ and Priestley’s ‘An Inspector Calls’.

YEAR 12 & 13

In Years 12 and 13, students study Eduqas A Level English Literature. During this time, students read a wealth of English Literature including works by Tennessee Williams, Shakespeare, Chaucer, Larkin and Duffy. They also develop their appreciation of literary techniques and the ability to write critical analysis of unseen texts.


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The English Department organises a variety of extra-curricular and enrichment activities including: reading club, creative writing club and participation in debating competitions. We also have a Year 8 online magazine. Fearnhill Book club
Fearnhill Year 10 Opinion Articles 
Here you will find a collection of opinion articles produced by our Year 10 students on a wide range of topics – from religion to music; from social media to snowflakes; from feminism to narcissism. Some of these are controversial; some are designed to get you thinking; some are intended to make you laugh. Whatever your reaction, we hope you enjoy!



For our most able students challenge is provided through lessons where they are offered a variety of teaching and learning options. We aim to provide extra levels of challenge in order to stimulate their minds and their imaginations.

“Teachers work hard to make the lessons exciting. They are always challenging but in an enjoyable way. The staff really go the extra mile to make sure you have understood.”

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Fearnhill School Virtual Open Evening

On Thursday 17th September 2020 we had our first virtual Open Evening here at Fearnhill.

Click here to watch the presentation: https://youtu.be/EdfEcIWt9Xo

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Fearnhill School Virtual Open Evening

Fearnhill Open Evening will be virtual this year. Join us via a link on the school website at 6.30pm on Thursday 17th September, to hear the headteacher’s speech and have the opportunity to ask questions in a live Q&A session with a panel of students. A series of short videos will also be available over the coming weeks, to introduce each faculty in the school and allow you to experience ‘a day in the life’ of a Fearnhill  student.

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