24th March 2020

The Hollingworth VLE is currently working again after Firefly undertook maintenance on the site to investigate the issue. We are also looking into alternative provision to online learning, should we continue to experience problems. Many thanks for your patience.


The English team, here at Hollingworth, believe in working hard to inspire in children a love of literature language. By exploring together a wide variety of often challenging texts, we believe in encouraging students’ curiosity whilst ensuring that they are equipped with the skills that they need to be successful for their future.

The department has 10 classrooms with access to two banks of laptop computers situated in the department. Facilities are available to pupils both within lessons and after school.

The Curriculum

Key Stage 3

At KS3 emphasis is placed on teaching writing and grammatical skills through reading – often high quality and challenging texts. Pupils receive four hours of English in Years 7 and 8 and three hours in year nine. Pupils are taught in set groups with an average class size of 26.

Year 7 Curriculum Plan

Year 8 Curriculum Plan

Year 9 Curriculum Plan

Key Stage 4

At KS4, the department currently follows the AQA syllabus for English Language and and English Literature. All pupils follow this pathway. Assessment is through closed book examination only and therefore pupils are prepared for this throughout the year through a series of mini-mock assessments. Pupils receive four hours of English teaching per week.

KS4 Curriculum Plan

GCSE Courses for English

Subject Key Stage 4
English Language AQA GCSE English Language (8700)
English Literature AQA GCSE English Literature (8702)

Extended Curriculum

The department run a highly successful Debating group for all years.


We offer after school support throughout the year for all students.

English Revision Letter 2017


The department is committed to a broad approach to the subject There are many enrichment opportunities built into the curriculum for all students to access. The department regularly visits the theatre and cinema, run reading challenges and participates in a wide range of World Book Day opportunities. We invite local poets into school and also encourage year ten students to become ‘Literacy Mentors’ in order to support the literacy skills of younger students.