Bury Grammar Schools

English Language

“A word after a word after a word is power” – Margaret Atwood

English Language combines elements of psychology, sociology and linguistics, creating a diverse and ever-evolving subject that gives students the opportunity to really understand and contribute to the world around them. Students of English Language seek to understand the methods writers use to represent themselves and influence others, whether through an election speech or a Snapchat story. Here at Bury Grammar School, we teach English Language as a means to develop pupils’ understanding of the communication that surrounds them. Through the study of an incredibly wide range of texts, from postcards, tweets and text messages to advertisements and speeches, we help our pupils to develop an understanding of the factors that affect language use, enabling them to become critical readers of the texts that they encounter every day.

Subject Content

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, students develop their literacy skills, balancing analysis with creativity and learning to adapt their language use for a range of audiences and purposes. They begin to explore linguistic methods and concepts and the meanings that they create in a wide range of texts and contexts.


At Key Stage 4, as pupils prepare for the AQA GCSE, they become ever more adept at analysing and producing texts in specific contexts. They analyse spoken language and the way technology affects communication, as well as a range of written texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

A Level

At A Level, students follow the AQA specification, taking a deeply analytical approach to the ways language is used around us. They study the ways in which the language is used to represent different groups of language in the media, how babies and young children learn to speak and write, and how the English Language has changed over time. Here at BGS, English Language A Level is taught by linguistic specialists who focus on really exploring language as it is used in the real world. Sixth Formers are given excellent preparation for Higher Education as they conduct a research project into their own area of language, collecting data and drawing on their own experiences of language use.

Head of Department

Mr Seed graduated with an Honours degree in English before completing his PGCE.
Prior to joining Bury Grammar School, he gained experience teaching in a range of educational contexts including both secondary and further education.
He is a Team Leader of assessors for national and international exam boards.
Mr Seed is passionate about English as both an essential skill and an enriching aspect of young people’s education.