Department Overview

At Horbury Academy, we believe that fostering a love of reading and writing can enable pupils to engage deeply with the curriculum, as well as the world around them, in an evaluative way. Our mission is to develop pupils into critical readers and thinkers, along with giving them the confidence and skills to become articulate speakers and sophisticated writers. Pupils study a range of varied and challenging texts – both fiction and non-fiction – in the hopes of pursuing a lifelong appreciation for reading.

Key Stage 3 - Lead by Mr. T Walker.

Our KS3 units directly build on pupils’ inference, analysis and language skills secured in Year 6. Pupils begin by studying Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Private Peaceful’ and ‘War Poetry’ in Year 7 which builds on the knowledge and skills acquired at KS2, providing them with opportunities to further develop as confident, empathetic, and critical readers and writers.

Further in Year 7 pupils‘ study ‘Gothic Reading and Writing’ which allows them to develop their own creative imaginations, alongside ‘Richard lll’ which introduces pupils to the renowned works of William Shakespeare, which continues through their education at Horbury Academy.

Throughout Year 8 and Year 9, pupils are exposed to a wide range of Literary texts which are specifically chosen to develop skills such as imaginative and sophisticated writing through our varied ‘Creative and Non-fiction Writing’ schemes. Our varied ‘Poetry Schemes’ allow pupils to develop their critical and analytical thinking skills, as well as a wider appreciation of their own identity and their sense of place in the world.

Key Stage 4 - Lead by Mr. D. Kiernan and Miss. D. Parkinson.

Our curriculum beyond KS3 continues to broaden pupils’ experiences of a range of high quality and challenging texts, which aim to refine and sharpen their skills. Pupils will follow a combined Language and Literature that covers the entire AQA GCSE specification across the two years.

This course requires pupils to sit four examinations at the end of their course, which tests skills such as: identifying and interpreting explicit and implicit information and ideas; selecting and synthesising evidence from different texts; explain, comment on, and analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve effects; compare writers’ ideas and perspectives; evaluate texts critically and communicate clearly, effectively, and imaginatively.

Pupils also complete a Spoken Language Endorsement, which is awarded as a separate qualification.

  • Curriculum Coverage at KS4:

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Literacy Strategy - Lead by Mrs. L. Demetriou and Mrs. K. Robinson.

The concept of reading within the Accord Literacy Strategy is split into two facets: Reading for Learning and Reading for Pleasure. Our curriculum focusses on promoting high standards of Language and Literacy, with a dedicated Literacy lesson each week in Year 7 and Year 8. Into Year 9, 10 and 11, our Literacy strategy focusses on pupils’ ability to speak confidently and with eloquence and articulacy as well as building their resilience in extended writing.

Kelly Barraclough-Dunn – Director of English – Accord Multi-Academy Trust. 

  • Year 7 Reading List

  • Year 8 Reading List

  • Year 9 Reading List

  • Years 10 & 11 Reading List

  • Supporting Your Child at Home

  • Supporting Your Child in Literacy

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The Accord Multi Academy Trust is an educational charity established in September 2016 that is currently made up of four academies who were the founding members of the Trust. In September 2016 Horbury Academy and Ossett Academy & Sixth Form College came together, moving away from their stand-alone Trust status and were joined in December 2016 by Horbury Primary Academy and Middlestown Primary Academy.

The overarching vision for the Trust is to work in one ‘Accord – celebrating the differences of each academy through strong collaboration in order to inspire all members of our learning community to be the best that they can be.

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