KS3 English Reading List

KS4 English Reading List

Accelerated Reader


English is a core subject and is at the very heart of our students’ achievement and progress at Villiers. In English lessons, students learn to express their ideas, to tell stories, to read for pleasure and to analyse a wide variety of texts. Ultimately, English leads to two GCSEs that are vital for entry into Further and Higher education. A-Level English offers a pathway to top universities and careers in fields as diverse as Law, Medicine, Architecture and Education.


Key Stage 3  

At Key stage 3 pupils are introduced to the wide range of texts and skills that constitute English. They have a chance to write creatively and develop an academic voice for critical and analytical writing. They read texts from many genres and historical periods. They emerge at the end of Year 9 ready for the challenge of GCSE.


In Year 7 pupils study:

  • An anthology of poems and short stories that introduce analytical skills

  • Narrative writing, developing their own voice and fluency

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

  • Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

  • Non-fiction and persuasive writing

In Year 8 pupils study:

  • Macbeth and Gothic Literature

  • Poetry and non-fiction from different cultures and identities

  • Fiction and analytical skills

  • Performance poetry and developing their speaking skills

In Year 9 pupils study:

  • Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night or Romeo and Juliet

  • Rhetorical and persuasive writing

  • Speeches and debating

  • Poetry and a novel at GCSE standard


Study at Home for KS3

Students are set regular homework at KS3 and, importantly, are encouraged to read independently and track their progress through Accelerated Reader.


Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 students study for GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. These are essential qualifications for entry to Further and Higher Education, and they test the full range of students’ ability to read independently, identify concepts, write critically and be creative.

GCSE English Language

  • Paper 1:      Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

  • Paper 2:      Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives

GCSE English Literature

  • Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th-century Novel


The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde


  • Paper 2:      Modern Texts and Poetry

An Inspector Calls

Power and Conflict from the AQA Anthology


Key Stage 5

We offer A-Level English Literature, which is a core academic subject and a challenging and well-respected qualification for university entry. Recently our students have gone on to study at Warwick, Leeds and Nottingham.

A-Level English Literature is academically demanding, and offers students the opportunity to read widely and analytically and to elevate their critical thinking to university level. It is the ideal course for students who love literature and learning about history and culture outside of their own experience.

We currently study:

  • Hamlet

  • Poetry by Christina Rossetti

  • The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

  • A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

  • A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

  • Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín

  • The World’s Wife by Carol-Ann Duffy

Exam board: AQA

Accelerated Reader

At Villiers all KS3 students have started to use the Accelerated Reader programme, to develop their reading skills and ability, which will continue into the next academic year. All students have Accelerated Reader logins a book level range and are expected to borrow Accelerated Reader books from the school library. Fortnightly library lessons support quizzing, book selection and reading skills. 

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