Download our FREE smartphone app today!

Get the app



A wonderful night this evening watching our cast of Matilda perform for . Thank you for hosting.


Mr Soar enjoyed his Executive Principal's breakfast this morning with Year 11 - and this was just his plate


Retweetd From Louise Martin

Festive loveliness at the South site of


Retweetd From Future First

We're talking personal statements with at


Retweetd From London RL Foundation

Great to see getting some good press for their success in league Well done all esp !


Retweetd From Harris Federation

Read about outstanding success in from south London champions ...


Thank you to all for their help in providing superb Christmas Lunch for all our pupils at Harris South & Upper Norwood


The famous Norwood Christmas Lunch from


Retweetd From Harris South Norwood

Christmas Lunch for all!!


Gosh! Is it that old? Here's a lovely one from today of the students presenting their version of Dahl's Matilda


Christmas Lunch for all!!


What do Ofsted say about the leadership & behaviour at HASN? "Pupil have deep understanding..."


We love working with to help our students hear from a range of influential people - this week it was hyper-fit Ed Warner


Who is Ed Warner? Harris are passionate about sport & we hosted hyper-fit Ed Warner (organiser of London Athletics World Championships) this week


How does Harris Academy South Norwood approach energy & high caffeine drinks & children's diets


Team PE supporting the Rainbow Laces campaign #🌈


Retweetd From Louise Martin

A fantastic day ahead discussing all things | fantastic to hear Rachel Cranwell from on her career journey


South Norwood Christmas festivities have begun


Our Squad is ready and raring to go! Wish them luck...


A brilliant day, thanks and for organising. Well done to the girls and to Samiya for winning the "Sportsmanship Award" #🏆

Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.


HeaderBar-HASN Options


Content of Course           


Studying English at GCSE develops and extends the work done at Key Stage 3, combining the skills needed to explore how writers achieve effects in novels, plays, poetry and non-fiction texts. Students study the texts in depth, exploring the effect of the writers’ choices of structure, form and language. They also develop their own craft as a writer by using what they have learned to develop their own writing, as well as honing their speaking and listening skills through presentations and drama work. In addition, students have to understand the influences of the historical and social contexts that texts are produced in and make direct links between an author’s life and their works.

Throughout the course, students will become expert communicators – in Standard English – both in writing and verbally through their independent and group work, and presentations. 



English Language and Literature

From 2017, GCSEs are comprised of exam only.  There is no longer a coursework element.

English Language: two exams (100%)

Paper 1: Fiction and Imaginative Writing – 40%

Paper 2: Non-fiction and Transactional Writing – 60%

  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar will form 20% of the overall mark for the GCSE.
  • Speaking & Listening will still be formally assessed but will not form part of the final GCSE grade: students will receive a certificate at Pass/Merit/Distinction.

English Literature: two exams (100%)

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the nineteenth-century novel – 40%

Texts: ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare and ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens

Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry – 60%

  • Texts: ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J.B. Priestley; Power and Conflict (AQA Poetry Anthology); Unseen Poetry
  • All exams are ‘closed text’ (no texts studied will be allowed in the exam).
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar will form 5% of the overall mark for the GCSE.


Future Pathways:

Having an English GCSE shows employers you are confident, creative and able to express yourself fluently. These qualities are particularly well respected in the following fields: teaching, law, journalism, politics media and business. It also prepares you for any further study in the Performing Arts fields.