We aim to enable all students to gain competence and confidence in as wide a range of communication skills as possible, both as practitioners and critics. We seek to develop creativity, expertise and enjoyment in reading and writing, speaking and listening. At KS3, students study a common curriculum, meeting National Curriculum requirements. For example, students study a Shakespeare play, a pre-twentieth century novel and the media. To develop independent reading, students follow an ‘Accelerated Reader’ programme. Additionally, we focus on spelling and grammar, integrating these key skills into every scheme of work. These are based on texts, themes or styles and are constantly reviewed to ensure progression and effective preparation for KS4 examination requirements in both language and literature.