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“That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.”

Jhumpa Lahiri


At Finch Woods Academy, we aim to equip our pupils with the necessary skills in reading, writing, and oracy for both academic success, and in preparation for a successful life beyond our walls. 

Our adaptive curriculum is designed to engage all pupils, promoting the curiosity to explore the power of language and literature through a culturally rich and relevant English curriculum.  Pupils study a broad range of ambitious texts in order to better understand themselves and the world that they live in.

Our curriculum for English aims to ensure that all students can:

  • accurately and fluently read a range of texts;
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information;
  • acquire and confidently employ a wide vocabulary in both spoken and written texts;
  • demonstrate an understanding of grammar, and a knowledge of linguistic devices;
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences;
  • develop a love for stories and enjoy the immersive and creative opportunities that English can offer;
  • develop an understanding of a variety of literary forms, including non-fiction and media texts;
  • use discussion in order to learn, elaborate, and clearly explain their understanding and ideas.

Learning is structured to ensure all pupils secure basic skills in literacy, so as to develop transferable skills throughout the wider school curriculum, whilst also aiming to instil an enjoyment for going to places beyond the limits of their own experiences; enhancing their social, moral, spiritual, and cultural growth so as to support them to become ambitious for their own futures.

At Finch Woods Academy, we believe that all pupils deserve the opportunity to become empowered communicators who are socially mobile and confident members of society.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

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Key Stage 4 Curriculum

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Careers and English