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Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls is a highly successful school, judged by Ofsted in November 2017 as ‘Good’ in all categories.

English Year 11

 GCSE English & English Literature

Students in Years 10 and 11 will follow the AQA GCSEs in both English Language and Literature.  The first teaching of these new specifications is from September 2015.  Details of the specifications can be found here:

Both courses will be assessed in the summer of Year 11 and will be assessed on the new scale of 1-9.

A Summary for English Language GCSE

There are two papers.

Paper 1 (1 hour 45 minutes) Explorations in creative reading and writing.   

  • Section 1: Students will have an extract from a 2th or 21st century fiction text and will have to answer 4 questions on it.  They will show comprehension skills and will be asked to analyse structure and language.

  • Section 2: Students will write a narrative or descriptive essay from a choice of two.

Paper 2(1 hour 45 minutes) Writer’s viewpoints and perspectives.

  • Section 1:  Students will read two non-fiction extracts, one modern and one pre-20th century.  They will have 4 questions in which they have to show comprehension, comment on language, and compare the two extracts.

  • Section 2:  Students will have to write an essay that expresses a point of view on a topic based upon the extracts they have just read.

Each paper is worth 50% of the overall grade, 25% each section.

A Summary for English Literature GCSE

There are two papers:

Paper 1(1 hour 45 minutes) Shakespeare and the 19th century novel   

  • Section 1:  Students will write an essay on the Shakespeare text they have studied.  There is no choice for this question.

  • Section 2:  Students will write an essay on the 19th century novel they have studied.  Again, there is no choice of question.

Paper 2 (2 hours 15 minutes) Modern texts and poetry

  • Section 1:  Students will write one essay from a choice of two on the modern text they have studied.

  • Section two:  Students will compare one of the poems they have studied from the anthology (the named poem will be printed on the exam paper) with another from the anthology (which will not be available to them in the exam).  Then they will write an essay on an unseen poem, followed by a short comparative essay on the first unseen poem and a second unseen poem on the exam paper. 

Each paper is worth 50% of the overall grade.  Both exams are closed book, which means that students will not have access to the texts in the exams. 

This is subject to change, but the students will be informed of every decision.

Course Books

  • Modern Text - 'An Inspector Calls'
  • 19th Century Novel - 'Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde'
  • Poetry - AQA Anthology 'Love and Relationships'
  • Shakespeare Play - 'Macbeth' or 'Romeo and Juliet'

Events and Trips

  • Visits to current West End productions
  • Student conferences

Following Ofqual's announcement about changes to assessment in Summer 2021, here's what we need to know:

The exam papers have been re-structured to allow options. 

Therefore, we will be opting for Paper 1B - 19th Century Novel 'Jekyll and Hyde' (30 marks, 50 minutes) and Paper 1C Modern Drama 'An Inspector Calls' (30 marks, 50 minutes). The total duration will be 2 x 50 minutes and a total of 60 marks.

Paper 2 Section A Compulsory Shakespeare 'Macbeth' OR 'Romeo and Juliet' (30 marks including AO4 additional Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar 4 marks) and Section B Unseen Poem (24 marks AO1, AO2 and AO4 additional Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar 4 marks) and Comparative Unseen with second poem (8 marks AO2). The total duration will be 1 hr 45 minutes and a total of 70 marks.

This means that students are no longer required to study or be examined on the AQA Poetry Anthology 'Love and Relationships'. We will go through these changes with your daughter during English lessons. Thankfully, the style and format of questions has not been changed. The mock exams for this subject will take place in February as usual when we have completed the course.


Mrs N Bhatt, Director of English, Lead Practitioner and Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) for Sutton