“Maximising the potential of young people through the effective and creative teaching of English Literature and Language.”

The English Department at  City Academy Birmingham consists of  a dedicated team of English teachers who aim to inspire students through a dynamic, varied and interesting curriculum. English as a subject provides an array of opportunities for students to express themselves articulately, and nurture an appreciation for our rich literary heritage.  Not only do we teach students to appreciate books and literature but there is a heavy focus on equipping them with skills which allow them to express themselves through reading, writing, speaking and listening. We endeavour to deliver lessons which both engage and inspire students’ love of language.



Mrs. Peters-Clarke – Head of Department

Ms. Stewart – English Teacher

Ms. Khatoon – English Teacher

Ms. Aziz – English Teacher

Ms. Mann – English Teacher


Students follow a diverse curriculum that allows them to develop their critical thinking and expression of thoughts and ideas. We  explore  Drama, Prose, Shakespeare, Poetry, Media and Non-Fiction texts.

Students are set according to ability, and progress is tracked through regular formal and summative assessments to ensure they achieve their set targets.



Year 7

Autumn: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

Non-fiction texts

Spring: Introduction to Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

Summer: Poetry in other Cultures

Year 8

Autumn: Gothic horror, War Poetry

Spring: Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Summer:  Language over time (19th-21st Century)



We offer both English Literature & Language with the AQA exam board.

Year 9

Autumn: A Christmas Carol  Conflict and Power Poetry Anthology

Spring: An Inspector Calls by J.B Priestley, Summer: Non-fiction texts (19th Century)

Year 10

Autumn: Macbeth  (AQA GCSE Literature Paper 1)

Exploring and presenting viewpoints.( AQA GCSE Language Paper 2)

Spring:  Animal Farm (AQA GCSE Literature Paper 2)

Summer: Power and Conflict poetry/ Short story Anthology

Year 11

Autumn: AQA English Language Paper 2

Spring– Literature Revision and Practice

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