“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.”  ― Jacqueline Kennedy


English at Roding Valley gives students the opportunity to develop in three key areas: reading, writing and speaking and listening. We are passionate about the subject of English and our aim is to make students confident in their approach to the subject. Through reading a wide variety of texts from different cultures and literary traditions, we aim to promote in students an understanding of the world around and have the confidence to question and to think independently. Through a variety of approaches to writing, we want students to become assured and confident users of language – able to communicate with maturity, flair and originality in different contexts. Through speaking and listening we seek to teach students to voice their opinions in a constructive and fluent manner, whilst sharing their views in both formal and informal situations.

Creativity is the key to development in English, and we want students to enjoy English and take  the opportunity to cultivate a range of new skills. We aim to prepare students throughout the early years of Key Stage 3 for the rigor of Key Stage 4 which they will begin during Year 9. We follow the AQA GCSE course for both English Language and Literature and this continues through to our Key Stage 5 programme where we follow the AQA English Literature A syllabus.

We use a reading programme throughout all Key Stages which involves students in their reading and supports them in the development of their skills in this area. In Years 7 and 8 students are encouraged to read a variety of texts through the Accelerated Reading programme. All Key Stages have recommended reading lists which can be found on the school website.

You can also find out more about the content covered by visiting the curriculum information pages.


“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”
George R.R. Martin,  A Dance with Dragons