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Insignis Academy Trust currently consists of Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School and Princes Risborough School, however, its purpose is to work with other schools to create a significant enhancement to the education of students in and around Aylesbury.

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Head of Department - Mrs D Wilkinson


Department Overview

The English Department at PRS is a dynamic, collaborative and supportive team. English lessons are lively and interactive. We offer enthusiastic teaching and welcoming learning environments, enabling our students to 'enjoy and achieve' through energetic and engaging lessons

Please use the links to find out more information about the languages curriculum, the teachers and our resources.


Curriculum Overview


In KS3 we offer 3 hours a week of English curriculum with an additional hour a week for year 7 dedicated to our literacy programme. In Years 7 and 8, students study a variety of different text types across the ages; including Shakespeare, Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Browning, Charles Dickens and a selection of poets. Students are also assessed on their spoken language skills through the exploration of speeches.

In both years 7 and 8, students are introduced to skills required for GCSE to allow students a chance to master these skills for KS4.


In KS4 we offer 4 hours a week of English lessons covering all the skills required for success at GCSE. All students study both AQA English Language and AQA English Literature. We build on the foundations laid in KS3 and prepare students for their exams by covering reading and analysis skills, spoken language, creative writing and essay writing.  These skills are tested across four exams- two Language and two Literature. Students will study a Shakespeare play, a novel, a post-1900 play and a selection of poetry as well as a variety of extracts, both fiction and non-fiction. We study a wide range of texts and offer students active and engaging routes into higher education whilst focusing on exam preparation and revision skills. Additionally we offer regular after revision sessions to support our year 11s.


We run enjoyable, robust courses at A Level. We currently run A Levels in Media, Language and Literature- all of which are AQA courses.  Our KS5 literature course provides an opportunity for students to enhance their understanding and perceptions of life and literature. We explore how society and literature interrelate and learn to synthesise a range of ideas and to express their views coherently and persuasively. The English department are committed to using interactive teaching styles which encourage and motivate students by giving them ownership of their learning.

Learning Resources 


On this page you will find link to lots of different websites, which will help practice your skills.

Useful/critical books and guides:

  • York Notes for any set text
  • CGP guide for any set text
  • CGP - New GCSE English Language AQA Workbook - for the Grade 9-1 Course (includes Answers), ISBN: 1782943706


Youtube channels and online guides:


Please bear in mind that many google and Youtube GCSE searches will bring up resources relating to the old specifications. If you are looking at exam specific techniques, ensure the video or site is referencing post-2015 specifications. However, the writing skills will remain consistently relevant.