About Stone Soup Academy

You will find key information regarding our admission arrangements, our history and ethos and links to key documentation.

Studying at Stone Soup Academy

Information on our courses, what our students can expect, what we expect in return.

Introduction from the Principal

Introduction from the Principal summarising the core principles of the school and our journey so far


Aims of the Department:
At Stone Soup the English department is committed to developing critical and creative thinkers who are able to collaborate and communicate effectively. We help students to read critically, write analytically (including argument, synthesis and literary analysis), speak effectively and view diverse texts thoughtfully.

We seek to inspire and motivate our students to help them understand the relevance of English in their everyday lives.


For this subject the students will follow the AQA course for their GCSE in English language. 

For component 1 students will:

  • Study selections from a range of prose fiction.
  • Develop skills to analyse and evaluate 19th-century fiction extracts.
  • Develop imaginative writing skills to engage the reader.

For component 2 students will:

  • Study a range of 20th- and 21st-century non-fiction texts (including literary non-fiction).
  • Study will involve responding to unseen texts and there will be an emphasis on the correct use of spelling, punctuation and grammar.
  • Develop skills to analyse, evaluate and compare non-fiction extracts.
  • Develop transactional writing skills for a variety of forms, purposes and audiences.


There are two written examinations, one for each component.