Balshaw’s Church of England High School


English Department Staff

For more information about the Subject curriculum, please contact: Mrs D Dolman.

  • Mrs D Dolman Curriculum Leader
  • Mr L Duckworth - Second in Department
  • Mrs M Carr - English teacher
  • Mrs C Cornwell - English Teacher
  • Mrs L Dudley - Teacher of English and MFL
  • Mrs G Henderson - Literacy Coordinator & English Teacher
  • Mrs M Rogerson - SENDCO & English Teacher
  • Mrs C Walsh - English Teacher
  • Mrs M Whittam - Drama and English Teacher
  • Mrs F McCutcheon - English Teacher

Year 11 English Revision Materials


GCSE English Language

GCSE English Language and Literature


English Department Vision

As a department at Balshaw’s High School we have a clear vision based on mutual respect and trust between the staff, pupils and parents. The aims of our department are to:

  1. Foster a love of reading.
  • By sharing challenging and enabling texts, some of which students may not access otherwise, with the aim of engaging students in reading for pleasure.
  • By insisting on regular private reading and sharing and modelling a love of reading, in order to inspire students to read widely.
  1. Establish a culture of high achievement for all

• A belief that high achievement is possible and should be strived for.

• A relentless focus on the progress of students – individually and collectively.

• We will not give up on any student, no matter how challenging and time consuming they are.


  1. Provide a challenging and engaging curriculum for all

• The curriculum we offer our young people is well structured with clear and ambitious aspirations for all learners.

• The curriculum builds essential literacy, skills and a range of texts accessible to all levels of pupils and provides continuity across KS3 and KS4.

• The schemes of work support teachers in maintaining high expectations.

• The curriculum is challenging, engaging and has a range of reading material, including classic and current literature and non-fiction to enthuse the young people we teach.


  1. Ensure rigorous assessment and tracking of pupils

• There is regular monitoring of the progress of all students through classroom opportunities and common assessments through Key Stage 3 and 4.

• Identified strategies are being developed, aimed at getting back on track those falling behind.

• Students should be made aware of targets, current grades and what they need to do to reach their target.


  1. Provide high quality teaching and learning classroom experience

• Learning is the priority rather than teaching, with a sharp focus on students, their engagement and the progress they make.  We focus on what students are learning rather than what they are ‘doing’.

• Good practice is sought, identified and shared.

Please use the following links for more information about the range of topics covered at Key Stage 3:

At Key Stage 4 the department follows the EDUQAS syllabus and also offers EDUQAS Media Studies at GCSE.

The English Department also takes part in a variety of internal and external extension activities such as The Young Writers’ Club (Valentine’s Day poetry competition, Grimm Tales competition), Year 10 Debating Society, Lancashire Book of the Year (this year we are part of the judging panel), Rotary Youth Speaks (we came 2nd in the 2015 National Final) and a variety of Year 10 AGT events at Runshaw College. Year 7/8/9 take part in AGT activities linked with other subjects to develop transferable skills such as problem solving, communication, creative and critical thinking and teamwork. We also have an English Student Council to give voice to our students.

We also organise (via our librarian) for visiting authors and have invited primary schools to share in these events. The librarian also organises an induction lesson for all students to assist with their transition to Key Stage 3 and, alongside our independent reading in class, this creates strong links between the English Department and the Learning Resource Centre.