Bury Grammar Schools

English Literature

“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely or isolated from anyone. You belong.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
English Literature is far more than the study of books; it is the study of the lives, thoughts and ideas of some of the most brilliant minds in human history. Through studying literature, pupils gain an appreciation for the perspectives of others; whether they be separated by thousands of miles or hundreds of years, literature enables readers to understand and empathise with experiences perhaps very different from their own. Here at Bury Grammar School, we teach English Literature with a focus on equipping students with cultural and historical understanding, and imbuing a lifelong love of reading. Our curriculum enables students to develop skills of analysis, debate and critical argument, all while enjoying some of the greatest stories ever told.

Subject Curriculum

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, our focus is on developing an enjoyment of reading, as well as critical literacy skills. Our curriculum ensures that pupils encounter a balance of modern and classic texts, including the study of Shakespeare, poetry and nonfiction in each year.


At Key Stage 4, as pupils prepare for the AQA GCSE specification, they continue to read widely, including a classic Shakespearean tragedy, a canonical 19th century novel, a modern play and a wide range of poetry. Pupils become increasingly confident developing critical arguments and deepen their skills of analysis in order to truly interrogate writers’ purposes and intentions.

A Level

At A Level, students follow the Edexcel specification, studying a range of classic and contemporary texts in order to provide students with an excellent literary grounding, whatever their ambitions. English Literature at BGS is taught by Literature specialists, in order to help students to unlock the secrets of writers who continue to fascinate generations of readers. Texts studied address issues of gender, psychology, politics, philosophy and history, and lively debate and discussion are a feature of our seminar-style lessons. Students develop their own style of critical argument, giving them strong foundations for success in Higher Education.

Head of Department

A graduate of English Literature, Mrs Lynch qualified as an English teacher in 2000.

She spent the first ten years of her career working in local senior schools, including taking on the role of Second in the English Department.

After a break to raise her young family, Mrs Lynch returned to the job she loves in 2017 and began her current role at Bury Grammar School in September 2018.

She has a particular love for Victorian Literature and is an avid reader of fiction for young adults.