The English department consists of 15 full-time members of staff, most of whom have additional responsibilities, either within the department or across the school, providing the team with a very clear understanding of whole school priorities and opportunities to develop English skills across the curriculum. 

Our priority is to provide all our students with the opportunity to develop their confidence in all forms of communication.  Reading is also a high priority and, as such, we develop all of our schemes of learning around a wide range of literature and non-fiction texts, enabling our students to achieve the highest possible grades at the end of their study.  As a team, we have risen to the challenge of the curriculum changes in English and have adapted learning plans, for all year groups, so that they will be fully prepared when sitting their GCSE exams.   

Curriculum Overview 

Such is the range of activities, skills and understanding which is required of pupils in English lessons, we use a variety of teaching strategies to cater for all ability levels in a group.  Getting the best out of everyone means providing everyone with a wide range of tasks, together with experience and stimulus for all kinds of reading, writing, speaking and listening.   

All year groups are placed into sets according to ability. At the end of the respective year, movement between sets is possible and all pupils are assessed regularly to enable this to occur.  As far as possible, there is continuity of teachers from the beginning of Year 10 until the end of Year 11, unless pupils move sets or teachers leave the school. 

At GCSE level we study both English language and English literature, each of which are awarded as separate qualifications.  Our chosen exam boards are Eduqas English language and AQA English literature. 

Please see the published year guides for further more specific details on our curriculum and assessment processes. 

Outside of the Classroom 

Whilst attainment is key, we also want our students to engage with English in a variety of ways outside of the classroom.  For many years, we have participated in the national schools Shakespeare festival, which gives students an opportunity to perform on a public stage to a paying audience.   Other opportunities include theatre visits (most recently to the pop-up Globe theatre in York with Years 7 and 8), writing workshops at the Bronte Parsonage museum, author visits, regional poetry competitions and many more.  We will continue to update you with new opportunities throughout the year.   

Department Staff 

Mrs Parkinson – Senior achievement leader for English 

Miss Ellis – Assistant achievement leader for English (Progress leader for Year 10) 

Mr B Dalby – Progress leader for Year 7 (literacy and transition) 

Mrs S Dowd – Teacher of English 

Miss Henshall – SENDCo 

Miss E King – Progress leader for Year 8 

Miss R Lowndes – Leader of reading development 

Miss E Martin – Teacher of English 

Miss C McGovern – Teacher of English  

Mr M McKenny – Teacher of English and Media 

Mrs Scott – Deputy headteacher 

Miss Sweeney – Senior deputy headteacher 

Mrs N Winder – Assistant achievement leader for Year 10 

Miss Worsley – Progress leader for Year 9 

Mrs Wright – Associate assistant headteacher 


Mrs M Parkinson – mhc@buttershaw.net 

Miss K Ellis – kje@buttershaw.net 

Mr B Dalby – bjd@buttershaw.net 

Mrs S Dowd – sad@buttershaw.net 

Miss Henshall – jrh@buttershaw.net 

Miss E King – eki@buttershaw.net 

Miss R Lowndes – rml@buttershaw.net 

Miss E Marting – ema@buttershaw.net 

Miss C McGovern – cmg@buttershaw.net 

Mr M McKenny – mmc@buttershaw.net 

Mrs J Scott – jas@buttershaw.net 

Miss K Sweeney – kls@buttershaw.net 

Mrs N Winder – ntr@buttershaw.net 

Miss Worsley – law@buttershaw.net 

Mrs R Wright – rw@buttershaw.net