Category: Student Excellence

Student Excellence: Lexi Brockbank (Y11) 2

On 05 November I offered you one of Lexi’s poems, the poignant and yet inspiring ‘Trapped‘.  Here’s another of her works, entitled ‘Ghost Girl‘. Thematically it reminds me a little of Trapped, but there is a less urgent, more reflective pace

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Student Excellence: Lexi Brockbank (Y11)

                    I really like this poem by Lexi – one of two I’ll be posting over the next few weeks. There’s a great use of repetition, which subtly changes at the end

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The Twitter Poet!

When I’m not blogging, marking, lesson planning, creating classroom posters, arguing with people online about literature, or sometimes even reading books, I surf like everyone else does.  Thing is, my surfing takes me directions that I usually end up wanting

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Student Excellence: Dilna Francis-Byju (Y10)

But it was dark.  Not that I was scared, but I was weary.  My heart beat a little faster.  My mind started racing.  The sooner I got to my friends, the better. Like Tabitha Butler’s, published on 14 August, this

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A2 / AS Exam Results

A massive congratulations to our Y12 and Y13 students on their exam results today. I’m away from Ulverston at the moment, and so unable to name individuals (needing to check for the relevant media permissions first), but we’re delighted to see your effort

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Student Excellence: Tabitha Butler (Y10)

I do not know whether it is the cold or the smell of fetid leaves rotting by the side of the road that makes my nose sting … but I know that neither are what is making my hair stand

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Student Excellence: The Silver Sword storyboard

Both my Year 7 classes studied this novel for the Summer term.  Although I’d not read it before, it took me back to my childhood when I read a few books by Ian Serraillier … I could tell you what

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Student Excellence: Lower School Prize Giving

Last night’s Summer Prize Giving, at a packed Coronation Hall, was a wonderful celebration of our students’ success and talents. Below, for those of you who couldn’t make it, is the English Department Roll of Honour.  Congratulations to them all,

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Student Excellence: The Pardoner’s Rap

As part of their Chaucer module, I recently asked my Year 8 pupils to give The Pardoner’s Tale a twenty-first century makeover.  This amazing piece of work was produced by an extremely modest young man who wants to remain anonymous.

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