The KS3 Programme of Study has been developed to enable students to make an effective transition from primary to secondary school, whilst preparing them for the challenge of the new GCSE specifications. All students receive four hours of English learning per week. 

Key Stage 3

Curriculum Plan

Reading Assessment Criteria – Band A

Reading Assessment Criteria – Band B

Reading Assessment Criteria – Band C

KS3 Assessment

Lostock Hall Academy follows the Lancashire Assessment Programme, within which students' progress is assessed according to bands of criteria. The assessment criteria for Bands A, B and C in reading and writing can be viewed below.

Writing Assessment Criteria – Band A

Writing Assessment Criteria – Band B

Writing Assessment Criteria – Band C

Support from the English Department for KS3 Students

  • Students identified as having 'catch-up' need are withdrawn from their English lessons for one-to-one tuition with a specialist teacher.
  • Any student can gain one-to-one support by attending KS3 homework club on Mondays after school in E2 at 3pm.
  • Where the need has been identified for specialist spelling support, students attend IDL (Indirect Dyslexia Learning Programme).
  • Students identified as needing support with reading comprehension skills engage with our Progress Units scheme.
  • Reading confidence is nurtured in Year 7 students through a Reading Mentor Scheme, in which Year 9 students are buddied with Year 7s, to encourage fluent, confident reading
  • All Year 7 students engage with Accelerated Reader, a programme that monitors reading comprehension progress and challenges students in their reading choices.
  • A Key Stage 3 Literacy Google Classroom is made available to all students for support with all areas of literacy skill. 

Support at Home at KS3

  • Throughout Key Stage 3 students consolidate learning and further develop independent reading skills by taking part in the Reading Quest (homework). Parents can support their child in their Reading Quest homework by helping them 'chunk down' their reading into manageable parts. By looking at the half termly focus on your child’s English STAR page you can support them in their book choices and written responses.
  • Students at Key Stage 3 will also receive weekly spellings for learning and testing the following week. These spellings will be differentiated to your child’s needs and will be placed on School Synergy each week.

Useful Websites

www.lovereading.co.uk - for extracts from books from different genres.
www.curriculumbits.co.uk - for a range of help, from punctuation and writing for different forms and purposes, to background information about authors.
www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z3kw2hv- for help with all areas of writing
http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/literacy/index.htm - for help with spelling, punctuation and grammar


All students at KS4 follow the Eduqas specifications in GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. Students receive two hours of Language learning per week and two hours of Literature learning. Through 100% examination, students receive GCSE grades of 1-9.

GCSE English Language

Component 1: 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing

Written examination: 1 hour 45 mins (40% of qualification)

Section A (20%) – Reading

Understanding of one prose extract (about 60-100 lines) of literature from the 20th century assessed through a range of structured questions.

Section B (20%) – Prose Writing

One creative writing task selected from a choice of four titles.

Component 2: 19th and 21st Century Non-Fiction Reading and Transactional/Persuasive Writing

Written examination: 2 hours (60% of qualification)

Section A (30%) – Reading

Understanding of two extracts (about 900-1200 words in total) of high-quality non-fiction writing, one from the 19th century, the other from the 21st century, assessed through a range of structured questions.

Section B (30%) – Writing

Two compulsory transactional/persuasive writing tasks.

Component 3: Spoken Language

Non-exam assessment


One presentation/speech, including responses to questions and feedback.

Achievement in Spoken Language will be reported as part of the qualification, but it will not form part of the final mark and grade.

GCSE English Literature

Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry

Written Examination: 2 hours (40% of qualification)

Section A (20%) Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet; OR Macbeth; OR Othello; OR Much Ado About Nothing;

OR Henry V; OR The Merchant of Venice.

One extract question and one essay question based on the reading of a Shakespeare text from the above prescribed list.

Learners are not permitted to take copies of the set texts into the examination.

Section B (20%) Poetry from 1789 to the present day

Two questions based on poems from the WJEC Eduqas Poetry Anthology, one of which involves comparison.

Learners are not permitted to take a copy of the anthology into the examination.

Component 2: Post-1914 Prose/Drama, 19th Century Prose and Unseen Poetry

Written examination: 2 hours 30 mins (60% of qualification)

Section A (20%) Post-1914 Prose/Drama

Lord of the Flies (Golding); OR Anita and Me (Syal); OR Never Let Me Go (Ishiguro);

OR The Woman in Black (Hill); OR Oranges are not the Only Fruit (Winterson); OR

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (play script) (Stephens);

OR A Taste of Honey (Delaney); OR An Inspector Calls (Priestley); OR The History Boys (Bennett);

OR Blood Brothers (Russell)

One source-based question on a post 1914 prose/drama text from the above prescribed list.

Learners are not permitted to take copies of the set texts into the examination.

Section B (20%) 19th Century Prose

A Christmas Carol (Dickens); OR Silas Marner (Eliot); OR Pride and Prejudice (Austen);

OR War of the Worlds (Wells); OR Jane Eyre (Brontë); OR The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Stevenson)

One source-based question on a 19th century prose text from the above prescribed list.

Learners are not permitted to take copies of the set texts into the examination.

Section C (20%) Unseen Poetry from the 20th/21st Century

Two questions on unseen poems, one of which involves comparison.

To view the KS4 Programmes of Study which details when the components above are studied and assessed click on the links below.

· Year 10 Curriculum and Assessment Plan
· Year 11 Curriculum and Assessment Plan

To view the KS4 Programme of Study which details when the components above are studied and assessed click here.

Support from the Department for KS4 Students

  • Students in need of one-to-one tuition are withdrawn from English lessons.
  • Students identified as having spelling needs are invited to take part in the IDL (Indirect Dyslexia Learning) programme at lunch times.
  • One-to-one support can be gained by attending KS4 Intervention Wednesdays after school, in E3 at 3pm.
  • Easter Revision Workshop
  • May Half Term Revision Workshop
  • GCSEpod membership provided for students.
  • ActiveLearn membership provided for students.
  • Support at Home at KS4
  • Purchase from school the WJEC/Eduqas revision guide for GCSE Language.
  • Purchase from school personal copies of the set texts for Literature.
  • Purchase revision guides for study of the set Literature texts.
  • Wherever possible, take up opportunities to see theatre productions.
  • Make good use of the tutorials on Youtube, e.g. Mr.Bruff’s guides.
  • Print off and practise past papers.
  • Make use of the suggestions within Literature/Language letters to parents
  • Encourage your child to use the Revision Google Classrooms for Language and Literature.  

Useful Websites

www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/qualification-resources.html?pastpaper=true&subject=English&level=gcse - For 2016 exam past papers
www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/english-language/gcse/ -For 2017 exam past paperswww.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/english-literature/gcse/ -For 2017 exam past papers
www.youtube.com/user/mrbruff - For video tutorials
www.gcsepod.com/home/our-content-2/english/ - For revision podcasts
www.pearsonactivelearn.com/ - For interactive tasks that develop exam skills
www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zr9d7ty - For GCSE revision of texts and skills
www.englishbiz.co.uk/ - For revision of GCSE reading and writing skills.

Click for more information:
GCSE English Language
GCSE English Literature