“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.”  Margaret Fuller 

In English, we aim to ensure that Hendon students achieve to the very fullest of their potential whilst imparting to them a genuine passion for reading and the study of literature. In addition, we create exciting, extra-curricular opportunities where students can become involved in a range of creative activities 

Key Stage 3 content

Year 7 and 8 students have six lessons over two weeks; Year 9 students have seven over the same time period: 





Year 7

Autobiography and ‘Boy

Introduction to Poetry

The Iron Giant

The Pied Piper 
Novel: Two Weeks with the Queen 

Year 8

History of the English Language 
Multicultural Poetry 

Transactional Writing: Blackfish 

Drama: Frankenstein (Play Script) 

Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream 

Novel: Wonder 

Year 9

Heritage Short Stories unit: Sherlock Holmes 

The Poetry of Seamus Heaney 

Text Types 

Romeo and Juliet (GCSE English Literature) 

Romeo and Juliet (GCSE English Literature) 


Outside the classroom

The English faculty is very enthusiastic about offering extra-curricular experiences to our students from all of the key stages. We ensure that they will have opportunities to participate in a wide variety of trips and activities. This has included our involvement in an initiative where students have become BBC Reporters and worked for months leading up to a live news day. Their videos and reports were uploaded onto the BBC website and some were even aired on the evening news! 

On Enrichment days we have offered trips to The Globe Theatre and the British Library. Additionally, students will have opportunities throughout the year to attend theatre productions and workshops to enhance the curriculum they study in English.  

Progression pathways and careers

Being able to read, write and speak English well is an essential component of all aspects of everyday life. The study of English at Hendon School helps to prepare all students for the communicative necessities of life beyond school. 

The study of English, as a subject, has a direct connection to career paths that depend on writing, such as, journalism. For other careers, such as law, the study of English is often a valuable stepping stone and is considered a facilitating subject by many universities. 

Useful links


Mrs. Dawn Hollingworth - 2 I/c English; KS3 coordinator