At Leeds City Academy we strongly believe that success in life is dependent on the ability to communicate well both in written and spoken English. We work extensively on the basics of good written English- grammar, clarity and spelling. From simple sentence construction to how to create a powerful speech, everything we do is focused on ensuring pupils can express themselves as fully as possible.
We also believe that success in English can only be achieved through fostering a love of the written word. Therefore, reading is essential to success.

Our motto is ‘readers are achievers’. In years 7-10 pupils have weekly reading lessons where they participate in the Accelerated Reading programme- a computer based programed designed to improve their literacy skills. All our schemes are based around exciting novels, plays and poetry from the English Literary tradition and the wider English speaking world.

The English department at Leeds City Academy has a proud tradition of creative writing. We have strong links with The West Yorkshire Playhouse and have worked closely with Leeds Young Authors and The Headingley Literature Festival. As part of our enrichment programme we invite visiting authors into school; participate in poetry slams and invite theatre companies into school to bring the ‘texts to life’.
We currently offer GCSE English Language (WJEC Educas) and GCSE English Literature (WJEC Educas)


Course Delivered

  • GCSE English Language (WJEC Eduqas)
  • GCSE English Literature (WJEC Eduqas)


Term by Term Schemes of Work

Year 7 Units
  • Voice and Identity Poetry

  • Coraline - Introducing Inference

  • Myths and Legends

  • Julius Ceaser

  • Tragic Heroes through time

Year 8 Units
  • War Literature

  • Animal Farm

  • Gothic Literature

  • Macbeth

Year 9 Units
  • Morality and Ethics

  • History of Women in Literature

  • Jane Eyre

  • An Inspector Calls

Year 10 Units
  • Romeo & Juliet
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Reading: Component 1&2
  • Love & War – Poetry Anthology
  • Component 1 Writing
  • Component 2 Writing
Year 11 Units
  • Language: Component 1 Reading
  • Literature: Revision of An Inspector Calls
  • Language: Component 1 Writing
  • Literature: Revision of A Christmas Carol / Unseen Poetry
  • Language: Component 2 Reading
  • Literature: Romeo and Juliet / Nature Poetry
  • Language: Component 2 Writing
  • Literature: Bespoke Revision

 For further information on the curriculum offered please contact the Academy F.A.O Vicki Thomas (Subject Leader for English)