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teaching staff 

  • Anita Lay - Curriculum Leader
  • Shereen Rodney - Deputy Curriculum Leader
  • Hana Malik - Whole School Literacy and English Co-ordinator 
  • Duncan Bowyer - Lead Practitioner
  • Yamina Bibi - Lead Practitioner 
  • Rothna Ikhlas 
  • Sean Keenan
  • Samuel Walsh
  • Anisha Ahmed
  • Euan Hamman
  • Kaylie Greenshields

support staff 

  • Elena Fontanos - HLTA and Intervention Support

Curriculum Aims

In English, at Sarah Bonnell School we foster a deep passion for reading, inspiring students to develop competent communication skills that will help them to succeed in all areas of life. We also encourage students to develop a sense of ownership over their learning in English.

We are immensely proud of the outstanding improvements and attainment reached by students at the end of KS4, where results in English Language, English Literature and Media Studies are all above the national average for girls. Our summer 2017 results of 85.5% Grades 9-4 in English Language, and 89.3% Grades 9-4 in English Literature establish us a highly successful curriculum area.


Year 10 and 11

Year 10 and 11 curriculum includes:

We follow the AQA GCSE syllabus in English Language (8700) and English Literature (8702), in which students study the following:

  • 19th Century Novel: A Christmas Carol
  • Shakespeare: Macbeth
  • Modern Play: An Inspector Calls
  • Poetry: Past and Present AQA Poetry Anthology: Love and Relationships
  • Creative Writing: Descriptive or Narrative Writing; Writing to Explain a Point of View
  • Reading Non-Fiction (including literary non-fiction)
  • Non-examination of Spoken Language – Presenting and responding to questions & feedback


Exam Boards and Links for syllabus

AQA English Language 8700 (KS4):

AQA English Literature 8702 (KS4):