"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."

Dr. Seuss : 'I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!' 


We thrive on creating an immersive journey of discovery, self-discovery and exploration. Our students are encouraged to passionately and enthusiastically tackle challenges and be driven by their pursuit of knowledge and skills in oracy, literacy and numeracy. Students get the opportunity to debate and articulate confidently on a wide variety of topical issues developing perceptive and insightful opinions. Innovative Reading strategies form a strong foundation for decoding and comprehension skills. We expose our students to a range of thought provoking topics that teach morality and social responsibility so they learn to make informed decisions. 

Our writers are inspired to be imaginative and compelling as they produce extensive creative and nonfiction pieces. We provide a powerful, diverse and engaging wider curriculum that ensures all students become independent leaders of learning as they venture into their new contexts. Developing equal opportunity and removing barriers using creative, imaginative  and multimodal lessons, allows all our students to thrive irrespective of their starting points. Our robust curriculum ensures that all  students leave with a strong sense of self belief and the ingenuity to embrace their leadership skills to make a difference within their communities and the extended world. We shape them holistically to be empowered individuals ready to make an impact as global citizens.





Key Stage 3 : Modules Taught

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Key Stage 4 

Skills in year 10 and 11 are focused on the influences of context and social injustices of the various eras. The blended Lang/Lit curriculum ensures that students are aware of the transferability of skill. A rich and varied curriculum is offered to suit our students. Key themes link texts Macbeth, A Christmas Carol, and An Inspector Calls (ambition, greed, social injustice, supernatural, religion, gender). The choice of Power and Conflict poetry also expects students to access knowledge of war, conflict and the abuse of power in the literary texts students have already studied. This removes the burden of pressure so students can focus on skills and build cultural capital that they can access when analysing complex texts.

 The use of ‘Big Questions’ and ‘Big ideas' ensure that students get the opportunity to enjoy fruitful and meaningful discussions to enhance the quality of their thoughts. Students are equipped with a high level of evaluative skill and develop high quality SPaG skills to enhance and empower their conduct in the wider world.  The English curriculum encourages our students thrive in an exciting, thrilling and passionate learning journey.

 Students are diligently prepared for the AQA exams:

 Examination Boards : KS4 : AQA English Language GCSE & AQA English Literature GCSE

Key Stage 5

A Level English Literature 

Year 12 and 13 students continue to build on the strong foundations of the skills of exploration, writer’s craft, and challenges students to become critically evaluative about the art of Literature. Students prepare to leave Aylward as strong, independent, and secure individuals. They will be ready to tackle the wider world issues with perception, insight, and confidence. Students will enter the working world with a clear understanding of meeting deadlines, prioritising, collaboration/teamwork, and strategising using their evaluative thinking.

Students rigorously prepare for the Edexcel A Level Literature exam:

Examination Boards : KS5 : English Literature A Level GCE : Pearson (Edexcel)