Category: KS4

Our programme for the next Reading Allowed* event – the penultimate of the year – has a varied programme including classic autumnal fare by Walter de La Mare, a short story by Graham Greene and we get bang up to …

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I’m sure my students are completely fed up with hearing me bang on about ‘subject terminology’ – that special vocabulary, those names for writing tools, which are unique to the subject.  Thing is, they form part of the mark-scheme at …

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* pun intended If you were at last year’s ‘Woman In Black‘ series of events, we hope you won’t need persuading to come to our next outing … First-timers will find a fun, informal and friendly evening, where we aim …

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With the Easter holidays approaching, I thought I’d find something appropriate. GK Chesterton is mostly famous for his Father Brown detective stories, the detective being a priest.  This reflects his religious interests, also echoed in the biblical references towards the end …

Poem of the Week: w/c 03 April Read More »

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If you could make a change to anything you’ve written over the years, what would it be? From my first book, First Love, Last Rites – remove all the pretentious commas doing the work of full stops and replace with full stops. …

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With mock exams coming up for Years 11, 12 and 13, this feels like a timely article from The Guardian. We all work in different ways, and you need to find a style that helps you.  Personally, I find writing …

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Today we celebrate a birth and commemorate two deaths. Let’s start with the deaths – of two beloved children’s writers: Ian Serraillier died in 1994.  You can find out more about his life and works by clicking here, where we wished …

Literary Anniversaries: 28 November Read More »

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  “All human beings, as we meet them, are commingled out of good and evil: and Edward Hyde, alone, in the ranks of mankind, was pure evil.” Whilst Y11 draw towards the end of their Victorian Literature studies, it’s not too …

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Replicant, I hear you ask?  How about replacing that word with ANDROID, or ROBOT (a word, incidentally, that is less than 100 years old and comes from another word meaning ‘slave’)? But the word ‘replicant’ can only really refer to …

Quiz Time: How ‘replicant’ are you? Read More »

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I genuinely enjoy Parents’ Evenings, and the Year 11 event held earlier this week was no exception:  well attended, and happily, with plenty of positives to report to the families of my class.