The English Department

English is central to life at Stafford Grammar School and our excellent results in English at GCSE and A-level come from a solid grounding in reading and writing skills in Years 7 to 9. We encourage and inspire pupils to explore their own ideas, write creatively and engage with some challenging concept  s through the study of literature from a range of time periods and genres. We aim to develop enthusiastic, skilful and confident readers and writers. Pupils also have the opportunity to develop excellent oracy skills through a range of speaking and listening activities.

As well as delivering excellent examination results, the English department aims to enrich the lives of pupils at Stafford Grammar School through a range of writing and poetry competitions as well as regular theatre visits. The English department runs an annual ‘Readathon’, through which we raise money for a range of children’s charities. English Literature is a very popular subject at A-level and students studying English in the sixth form are encouraged to read widely and enter essays for a national essay competition run by Cambridge University.

The skills developed in English enable pupils to thrive in all of their academic subjects and they are inspired by passionate subject specialists to engage with complex and challenging ideas in literature in a sensitive way.

Click to view the AQA videos explaining the new English GCSE syllabus starring our own Mr Thomas.

Click here to download the A level English Literature booklet.

Some useful links:

Click on the link on an iPad and then choose open in iBooks when given the option.

A Christmas Carol

A Doll’s House

An Ideal Husband

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Modest Proposal



Great Expectations

Jekyll and Hyde

Little Women


Oliver Twist

Romeo and Juliet

She Stoops to Conquer

Songs of Innocence and Experience

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The Canterbury Tales

The complete poetical works of Coleridge

The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The Monkey’s Paw

The Mysteries of Udolpho

The Sign of Four

The Tempest

The Yellow Wallpaper

The War of the Worlds

The Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy

The Wind in the Willows

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Twelve Years a Slave