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Welcome to Hamilton School’s English Department.

We have developed a unique programme of learning with the individual at the centre. As our young people embark on their Learning Journey for English, they will be immersed in a variety of engaging texts and literature, in keeping with requirements of the National Curriculum, whilst gaining knowledge and understanding in areas that aim to promote personal growth and development, tailored to SEMH.

Year 7, 8 and 9 incorporate the themes of Identity, Society and Globalisation as a personal development offering. Simultaneously students study a variety of texts and genres, learning key skills that prepare them for KS4. Student’s will study classic texts from Of Mice and Men, Hamlet, World War I Poetry to a more modern offering looking at social media and film to plays such as Blood Brothers and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Identity (Year 7)
Society  (Year 8)
Globalisation (Year 9)

Of Mice and Men - Novel by John Steinbeck (1937)

Stone Cold - Novel by Robert Swindells (1993)

Oral Traditions – The Origins of Story-telling

Students will explore the influence of oral traditions throughout the history of humanity.

The role of Identity in Social Media Non-Fiction

A Christmas Carol - Novella by Charles Dickens (1843)

The Rise and Fall of the British Empire

Students will look at the role of the British Empire throughout history and the literature it influenced.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time - Play by Simon Stephens (2012)

Blood Brothers - Play by Willy Russell (1983)

War Literature

Students will study famous war poets.

Identity Unit - Non-fiction

Society Unit - Non-fiction

Power and Control

Students will study the power and influence of language – from the Nazi propaganda machine, Trump’s fake news, North Korea, Marketing and Brands.

Hamlet - Play by William Shakespeare (1599)

Othello - Play by William Shakespeare (1603)

The World as we Know it

Students will study issues affecting our planet today. We will look at climate, sustainability and globalisation.

Identity Project

Student led project work.

Social Project

Student led project work.

Global Project

Student led project work.


Key Stage 4 will focus on achieving English qualifications to assist pupils in the next stage of education or work. We offer a choice of GCSE, Functional Skills, Entry Level Certificate and AQA unit awards.