The English department works as a team collaborating on schemes of work, creating resources, sharing ideas to inform working practice, cross moderating work, supporting and encouraging the learning of students with professionalism and in an atmosphere of mutual respect.

We see English Language and Literature as making a fundamental and intrinsic contribution to a student’s social, personal and moral development; the growth of language is a means of exploring experience, bringing ideas and feelings into full consciousness and developing every individual, regardless of age, background or ability. The reading of good literature promotes an understanding of oneself, others, the society in which we live, and the wider world. 

We are committed to developing a strong literary culture in our school, in which students are motivated to read critically and communicate in new and innovative ways. As teachers, it is therefore our responsibility to demonstrate creative communication in our teaching practice and we seek to do this at all levels. We aim to provide schemes of work for teachers that allow room for creativity and expansion and as such they are regarded as working documents that are regularly reviewed and edited in the light of pedagogical and literary developments and the ever-changing nature of our society. 


Head of Department

Mrs L Garwood - lgarwood@morehousemail.org.uk


Mr P Hegarty - phegarty@morehousemail.org.uk


Ms L Kempin - lkempin@morehousemail.org.uk


Mrs J Boulter - jboulter@morehousemail.org.uk 


As a department we aspire to:

  • Create a community of confident, enthusiastic readers who are both independent in their reading and who share and inspire each other’s reading habits;
  • Expose students to a wide range of accessible, challenging and inspiring texts of a variety of genres and periods, and in so doing to extend their insight into their personal, social and moral development and prepare them for future lives in a challenging society;
  • Cultivate links between the reading of literature in school and society in general, including current affairs, developments in the literary world, and cross-curricular links with other subjects, thereby developing students’ empathy towards and understanding of others and of society;
  • Develop in students the ability to understand literary texts in ways which may range from a grasp of their surface meaning to a deeper awareness of their themes; and to respond with increasing sensitivity to the ways in which writers use language and other literary devices to achieve their effects;
  • Equip students with the vocabulary and confidence to communicate in a sensitive, personal and informed way their personal responses to texts, in spoken and written contexts;
  • Encourage and foster creative, accurate and skilful communicative skills, both spoken and written, for a variety of purposes and audiences and within a variety of contexts of increasing complexity and demand;
  • Create self-reflective writers who engage personally in the process of writing through the stages of: development of ideas, careful planning, drafting and editing for accuracy and relevance, thereby creating effective pieces of work in which they can experience a sense of pride;
  • Provide a supportive environment in which effective teaching and learning can take place by having high expectations of everyone, assessing and carefully responding to the needs of all students by monitoring their progress and regularly evaluating departmental practice. 

YEARS 7, 8 AND 9 

In English we perform summative assessments through providing set assessment tasks that are completed and recorded at ‘Assessment Points’ and are undertaken at five junctures throughout the school year. 

In Year 7 the topics: Anthology, 1,2,3,4 - with a range of specifically selected extracts of contemporary literature. 

In Year 8 the topics and: Dystopia, Contemporary play study, ballad poetry and Charles Dickens study. 

In Year 9 the topics:  Literary study, The Outsider, Persuasive writing, World War One poetry. 


GCSE English Language and English Literature – First teaching September 2015

Exam board: WJEC

The new GCSE will be first taught in September 2015 and assessed in Summer 2017.

Key Changes

GCSE English Language will:

• be 100% examination

• require students to answer questions on unseen 19th, 20th and 21st century texts

• include literature and extended literary non-fiction, as well as other writing such as essays, reviews and journalism

• have spoken language skills assessed, but this will not contribute to the overall grade

• allocate 20% of the marks for the written exams to technical accuracy

• be untiered

• be graded 9 to 1 (9 being the highest)

• be fully linear with assessments available in the summer series

• have a November re-sit for candidates 16 or over.

GCSE English Literature will:

• be assessed by examination only

• require the study of whole texts

• allocate 5% of the total marks to accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar

• allocate 20-25% of the total marks for tasks which require learners to perform comparison across texts

• be untiered

• be graded 9 to 1 (9 being the highest)

• be fully linear with assessments available in the summer series


A Level English Literature – First teaching September 2015

Exam board: AQA (Specification B)

The new A Level will be first taught in September 2015 and assessed in Summer 2017.


At More House School we have a busy and vibrant English department. Competition writing is encouraged and pupils have often had poems and stories published. Debating is encouraged in lessons but there is also an after school club which pupils can attend. Pupils participate in the Junior London Debating Challenge. The senior students are part of Debating Matters; this is a national debating competition. KS3 pupils create news videos, upload them to the school website and are part of the BBC Schools news Report day. Other pupils submit their stories to the BBC 500 Word short story competition. A cross section of pupils is invited to join the English Select group and given a range of tasks to extend their talent. World book Day and national Poetry day are incorporated into lessons and additional activates are given to encourage the girls to celebrate creative writing. All girls have an opportunity to participate in Poetry by Heart and recently girls have reached the county level and recited their poems in central London Venues. We also organise a range of pop-up events throughout the year based on aspects of learning: stand-up story telling, create and perform script. Each year group has a theatre trip, most recently to the Duke of York and Regent’s Park Theatre and the Young Vic; such trips support their literary exam work.