Hampton College English Department prides itself on being highly creative, dynamic and forward thinking and we hope that all future students will be too. We see English as not only as a fundamental tool to aid students with developing skills in all subject areas, but also using literature to appreciate culture, develop enquiring minds and help empathise with others. Harnessing and developing students’ creative skills is at the heart of what we do. The student experience across all key stages is one where they are able to maximise their full creative and analytical abilities in order for them to enter the adult world being empowered by language.

Early on at Hampton College, our students gain confidence to share their work through presenting to the rest of the class. Click here to see some recent Speaking and Listending presentations from our Year 7's.

English doesn’t stop at the classroom door. As the lead specialist subject, English has an impact on the students’ wider school lives. In recent years, we have held successful ‘Poetry Slams’, Shakespeare Drama Days, visiting authors, and have entered year eight students for POSCAS (Peterborough Young People’s Film Awards). Our students have also benefited from a variety of enriching trips, including Poetry Live and theatre trips.

Students are set into ability groups during Year 7, which are regularly reviewed. During Key Stage Three, our students engage with a wide range of texts, including contemporary and more traditional literature.  Examples of some of the texts students may study include ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’, ‘Private Peaceful’ and ‘Noughts and Crosses’ to a selection of Romantic poetry and Shakespeare.   A wide range of opportunities are provided to help students develop writing skills, including creative and non-fiction writing.   The curriculum aims to widen the skills gained at Key Stage Two and prepare the students for the challenges of GCSE.   With the removal of levels from the National Curriculum, the English department assesses students' work using the college's 'Steps' policy.   This is a similar approach to the new GCSE grading criteria and mirrors similar skills students will be assessed on in Key Stage Four. 

Year 10

Year 10 students are studying the AQA English Language and English Literature GCSE. This qualification is linear with all examinations sat at the end of the course and no inclusion of coursework. This year’s Year 10 cohort will sit their English Language qualification at the end of Year 10 and their English Literature qualification at the end of Year 11. Students will have an opportunity to study a variety of texts during their 2 years, including: non-fiction texts, prose fiction texts, drama and poetry, which gives students an excellent grounding for further study at A-Level.

Year 11

Year 11 students are studying the AQA English Language and English Literature GCSE which will be examined for the first time in Summer 2017. This qualification is linear with all examinations sat at the end of Year 11 and no inclusion of coursework. Students have had an opportunity to study a variety of texts during their 2 years, including: non-fiction texts, prose fiction texts, drama and poetry, which gives students an excellent grounding for further study at A-Level.

At Hampton College, students study the new AQA English Literature and Language combined specification.   The course focuses on a combination of literary, linguistic and creative approaches to the study of texts and, as a result, will develop skills appropriate to further study, including many different University degrees.

In Year 12, students study a prose text, a poetry anthology as well as a collection of non-fiction texts and will learn how to linguistically analysis these texts. Students also get the opportunity to develop their creative writing skills, as well as how to write linguistic commentaries on their own writing.

In Year 13, as well the revision of the text studied in Year 12, students study a further novel and drama text, as well as writing a personal investigation into an area of language for their coursework unit.

We also offer AS and A Level English Literature and follow the AQA specification B course.

Year 12 students will explore Aspects of Tragedy in Year 12, reading Shakespeare's Othello, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, F Scott. Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and a collection of Keats poetry.   We also introduce critical theory in Year 12 and ask students to begin research and wider reading on their own, in preparation for the Non-Exam Assessment which counts towards the final A-Level.   In class we have a lot of discussion as we read and analyse the texts collectively.   Students work together, but are also expected to undertake a fair amount of independent reading and study in order to keep up with the content of the course.   We often take KS5 classes out on trips in order to complement their learning; to see performances or attend really useful university lectures which give valuable insight into the texts studied and also give a taster of Higher Education.   All students will sit the AS exams at the end of Year 12.

In Year 13 students will either be studying Elements of Crime Writing or Elements of Political and Social Protest Writing.   There are two exams and a Non-Exam Assessment (two essays).   We revisit Aspects of Tragedy but also study another novel, collection of poetry and a further pre-1900 text.

Click here for additional information from the AQA website.

Stuck for things to read? Use these websites for ideas:



Visit the above site for the shortlist of the books for 2010 Carnegie award.


Every year Hampton College takes part in the UK's largest sponsored read. The money raised goes to the Roald Dahl Foundation and CLIC Sargent, which are charities for seriously ill children. Students can read as many books as they want to try and raise money for these great charities.

For more information visit this website: http://www.readathon.org/

Many of the students at Hampton College are producing fantastic work both inside and out of the classroom. Examples include winning journalism competitions, getting poems published and outstanding examples of media work.

Visit this website to read work from our students: http://www.abctales.com/

Match Reports

These are match reports Ryan wrote after winning a Journalism competition.

Tigers Caged

Stoke 2-0 Hull

Goal scorers: Fuller (6 mins) Lawrence (90 mins)

Stoke came into the game, needing a win to break the important 40 point-barrier. In a thoroughly professional performance, Stoke allowed Hull only a few half chances.

Only 2 minutes into the game, Etherington picked up the ball in his own half and made an impressive run down the wing to play it into Ricardo Fuller, but unfortunately, Fuller couldn’t capitalise on it.

In the 6th minute, Liam Lawrence got hold of the ball and flicked it to Dave Kitson who knocked the ball towards Fuller. Paul Mcshane failed to deal with it and Fuller ran onto the ball and calmly scored with the outside of his foot.

Stoke 1-0 Hull

In the 14th minute, Hull got their first shot on goal through Jimmy Bullard, although he failed to test the Stoke goalkeeper, Thomas Sorenson.

The rest of the half continued with Stoke in control and Hull battling to stay in the game.

In the 24th minute, Rory Delap took another one of his huge throw-ins and the ball came to Kitson, who knocked it down to Huth with his head. Robert Huth controlled it on his chest and shot, however he failed to hit the target and saw the ball go flying over the bar. Soon after, Stoke broke with Etherington flying down the wing, who played the ball into the box for Fuller. However he failed to connect with the ball after making room for himself to shoot.

Just on the edge of half time, Hull got the ball into the box to Fagan, although he failed to do much with the ball but he managed a corner from the Stoke defender, Robert Huth. Although the corner disappointingly for Hull, came straight into the hands of Stoke’s Danish keeper, Thomas Sorenson.

Half Time

Stoke were forced to make a half time substitution as Fuller had a few injury worries in the first half. Tuncay (On) Fuller (Off)

Not long after Tuncay had come on, he committed a foul on Hull’s midfielder, Garcia, and the Turkish front man received a yellow card.

Not long after that, Abdoulaye Faye also picked up a yellow card for a challenge on Garica.

Although Hull had a 15 minute spell early in the second half where they controlled the ball and passed it well but they did not really trouble the well organised Stoke side. Stoke began to dominate with some quick passing movements although they couldn’t get that second goal that they wanted to secure their victory.

57th minute sub, Dean Marney (Off) Geovanni (On)

Hull’s only inspiring play seemed to be coming from Jimmy Bullard and the substitute, Geovanni.

Just after Geovanni came on, he forced Dave Kitson to go in for a tackle, who received a yellow card for the challenge.

64th minute, Hull sub: C.Folan (Off) J.Altidore (On)

71st minute sub by both teams, Stoke’s D. Whitehead came on to replace G. Whelan and Hull’s Vennegor of Hesselink came on for Garcia.

In the 77th minute, the ball came in the air to Tuncay, who attempted an over head kick. He did connect with the ball but he also connected with George Boateng’s (the Hull skipper) head. He received medical attention and he was then stretchered and clapped off the pitch, to go off to Hospital. Hull had unfortunately made their three subs already, so Hull were forced to play with 10-men.

Delap took another long throw and when the Hull keeper Myhill punched it away from his danger area, he also punched his defender, Steven Mouyokolo, although he did nurse himself and he got back up and seemed ok.

In the 82nd minute, some may argue that Tuncay should’ve scored as Myhill was put under pressure and had to clear quickly. Although he only cleared it to Tuncay who was around 30 yards out, he did strike the ball although it flew away from the target.

83rd minute sub for Stoke, Kitson (Off) Sidibe (On)

2 minutes away from the 90, Geovanni lunged in on Etherington and received a yellow card for the dangerous challenge, although some fans and players thought he should’ve been sent off!

In the 90th minute, Sorenson cleared the ball up to Sidibe, who headed it to Tuncay. The Turkish forward flicked it to Etherington, who then picked out Lawrence’s run. The winger took one touch, and angled the ball past Myhill into the back of the net, to secure Stokes win, and break that 40 point barrier.

In the end, Stoke were by far the better team, having more of the chances and obviously scoring the 2 goals.

Final Score: Stoke 2-0 Hull

Man of the Match: Danny Higginbotham

Attendance: 27,604

Tips on reading fiction and non fiction texts, developing communication skills and writing about Shakespeare.

Exercises, puzzles and word-searches.

Good advice on addressing common mistakes.

Background information for Private Peaceful and examples of propaganda posters.

Good for introducing Shakespeare and includes pictures of Elizabethan theatres.

Another good introduction to Shakespeare.

Very clear, online dictionary and thesaurus combined.

A rhyming dictionary and word quizzes. Watch out for the American spellings!

Includes a history of film, coloured stills, posters and commentaries.

Good for looking at writing to inform & entertain. Could compare with www.mirror.co.uk.

Evolving English/accents and dialects.

Key Stage 4

Podcasts on all areas of the GCSE


Notes, activities and exam questions on both English and English Literature.

Link to the AQA website to access mark schemes and past papers.

Key Stage 5

A website full of recommended reads for sixth formers.