Secondary School English

English Courses for Secondary School ages:

Key Stage 3 English Language – Saturday 1.45pm – 2.45pm

Key Stage 4 (GCSE) English Language – Thursday 7.15pm – 8.15pm

The importance of English can never be underestimated.

It is vital for your child to succeed.

It is with pleasure that we introduce two new courses that cover all the requirements of secondary school English Language. From Year 7 until Year 11 GCSE’s, we will cover everything your child needs to know in order to succeed in English. 

Why Brain Train?

We only use experienced, qualified teachers with extensive knowledge and experience of teaching English. At Brain Train your child’s course will always be run by Louise O’Shea, an Oxford graduate, with almost 20 year’s experience. Louise is committed to getting the best possible result for your child in the all-important GCSE’s.

Weekly Homework Programme 

No hidden costs – teaching, marking and all the required materials are included in the original price. 6 week fee payments spread over the course duration to make it manageable for all families.

Students can join the groups at any time – providing there are spaces.

Brain Train resource centre available to all pupils with 10% discount.

Group tuition has proved itself to be beneficial for all students. The group is a safe, nurturing environment, ideal for pupils to gauge the level of competition, giving them an understanding of the standards expected, thus encouraging them to improve their skills. Students feel they are part of a team, and not isolated which happens with one to one tuition.

Our courses provide everything that you and your child will need when preparing for their GSCE or KS3 English examinations.


Year 7 – 9 KS3 English Language Saturday 1.45pm – 2.45pm
Year 10 – 11 KS4 English Language Thursday 7.15pm – 8.15pm


Course Content

The Key Stage 3 & 4 English course at Brain Train will cover all of the key concepts that need to be understood for the study of English. In order for students to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding we will work on these key concepts to promote your child’s progress in speaking, listening, reading and writing. 


Students will:

Develop an appreciation and love of reading, and read increasingly challenging material.

Read a wide range of fiction and non-fiction, including books, short stories, poems and plays with a wide coverage of genres, historical periods, forms and authors.

Choose and read books independently for challenge, interest and enjoyment.

Understand the purpose, audience for and context of the writing and check their understanding to make sure that what they have read makes sense.

Know how language, including figurative language, vocabulary choice, grammar, text structure and organisational features helps meaning.

Study setting, plot, and characterisation, and the effects of these.

Make critical comparisons across texts.

Extract and interpret information, events, main points and ideas from texts.

Understand how meaning is constructed within sentences. 


Students are taught to write:

Accurately, fluently, effectively and at length for a wide range of purposes and audiences.

Well-structured formal expository and narrative essays.

Stories, scripts, poetry and other imaginative writing.

Notes and polished scripts for talks and presentations.

A range of other narrative and non-narrative texts, including arguments, and personal and formal letters.

Summaries that organise material, with supporting ideas and arguments.

Accurate grammar, punctuation and spelling; applying the spelling patterns and rules set out in English Language National Curriculum.

Also students will be able to: 

Apply their growing knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and text structure to their writing.

Plan, draft, edit and proof-read through.

Consider how their writing reflects the audiences and purposes for which it was intended.

Amend the vocabulary, grammar and structure of their writing to improve its coherence and overall effectiveness. 


-1 hour taught lessons on principles of English Language.

-Well motivated, interactive groups with written practice during lessons.

-Teacher guidance on practice and homework schedule at home.

-All homework is set, marked and scored by Brain Train’s experienced staff.