At William Hulme’s Grammar School, we provide our students with both a challenging and creative English curriculum, aimed at nurturing a passion for the subject and providing a stimulating environment in which to develop key skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Our students explore a range of texts, from Shakespeare to modern writing and participate in a variety of creative activities from writing competitions to writer’s workshops and theatre visits. Across all Key Stages, we combine a rigorous and detailed assessment model with a creative and tailored learning programme, that prepares our students for further education and the world of work and aims to inspire them with a love of literature. 

Our ethos is simple – we leave no child behind. Teaching is tailored to our students through careful planning, differentiation and assessment for learning. Whether providing extension activities and ‘stretch and challenge’ projects for our highest achievers through our Gifted & Talented programme or providing support and intervention for students who need extra help, we aim to bring out the very best in each of our students.


  • Mr J Wise - English Faculty Leader
  • Mrs J Turan - Teacher of English / Literacy Coordinator
  • Miss C E Walker - Teacher of English / KS3 Lead
  • Mrs S J Hames - Teacher of English / KS4 Lead
  • Miss L Ncube - Teacher of English / KS5 Lead
  • Mrs C Ellis - Teacher of English
  • Dr J Rodgers - Teacher of English
  • Mr J J Cook - Teacher of Enligh 
  • Mrs L Bartlett – Functional Skills Coordinator
  • Mrs F Khan - Special LSA (English Intervention)

At WHGS, students are taught an appreciation and love of English, be it a good range of literature or an understanding of language at work.  We teach a broad topic-based approach, where an umbrella theme is the starting point for a range of activities, usually centred around a piece of literature.  The aim is for students to develop their interpretive and analytical skills, alongside side their ability to use language for a broad of situations and with different audiences and for different purposes.  Alongside that, students have library time where they are given the opportunity to enjoy and develop their love of reading.  There is a catch-up curriculum for those extra needs, where additional support is given through small group intervention.   

The Key Stage 3 Topics: 

Year 7 

  • Identity 
  • War and Conflict 
  • Other Worlds 

Year 8 

  • Dystopia 
  • Shakespeare 
  • People and Environment 

Year 9 

  • The Gothic 
  • Growing Up 
  • Gender 

'Choices at 14+' Booklet

At William Hulme’s Grammar School, students will study the Edexcel (Pearson) specification in English Language and in English Literature. At the end of the course, students will be able to read a wide range of texts fluently and with good understanding, read critically and use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing. In addition, they will be able to write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately and use grammar correctly, plus punctuate and spell accurately. They will acquire and apply a wide vocabulary alongside knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.  

Text Studied at GCSE Literature: 

Shakespeare - ‘Macbeth’ or ‘Romeo and Juliet’ 

19th Century Novel - ‘A Christmas Carol’ or ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ 

Modern Text - ‘An Inspector Calls’, ‘Lord of the Flies’ or ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ 

All our students are closely monitored and supported throughout their English studies. Our teachers work extremely hard to tailor planning to the needs of individuals and differentiate resources accordingly. In addition to this, there are several intervention opportunities available to help students who are struggling to make progress and these include:

  • Close liaison with our Learning Support Department to ensure all students with Special Educational Needs and additional requirements are fully provided for.
  • Reading intervention schemes such as the McGraw Hill Corrective Reading programme and the Ruth Miskin phonics programme.
  • Peer mentoring across the key stages.

English Enrichment Programme for Gifted, Talented & Deserving students

We aim to bring out the very best in each of our students. Pupils who are considered as either gifted, talented or deserving in English will be provided with additional opportunities for stretch and challenge, maximising their potential.

What is the difference between ‘gifted’, ‘talented’ and ‘deserving’?

The top 10% of students in any subject within a year group are classed as ‘Gifted/Talented’, whereas a student who loves a subject, tries very hard and is very enthusiastic may not be in the top 10% academically but also deserves recognition. As well as identifying these students statistically, teachers are also encouraged to update the GTD register regularly, identifying students that stand out. 

What extra provision will be provided?

When a pupil is placed on the Gifted, Talented & Deserving Register for English, teachers will ensure that she/he is provided with opportunities to excel in lessons and beyond. This could be through extension tasks and additional research and homework, access to more challenging texts, and/or opportunities to mentor other students. In addition to this, from September 2018, all pupils on the Gifted, Talented and Deserving register in English will be invited to contribute to the new school magazine and online blog. This is a great way for pupils to see their writing published, reaching an audience far beyond the classroom.

WHGS English Twitter Account  English Blog

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