A Team

Before you can join the English A Team, you need to get a parent/carer to complete the consent form here.

You can find resources used in A Team sessions here.


Below you’ll find the calendar of A Team sessions for GCSE students.

Remember that you need to sign up for each session you wish to attend. Sign up sheets will be up outside the English staff room in L block two weeks before each session.

Date Time Session Title/Details Location
Wednesday 1st November 3.30pm – 4.30pm The Rise and Fall of the Music Video

The once mighty format has almost slipped into a position of cultural irrelevance. The lecture will look at the history of the medium, how it evolved and why it is in the state it is today.

The talk is essential for any aspiring Media Studies or Film students.

Thursday 7th December 3.30pm – 4.30pm Deciphering English words

What are the common roots, prefixes, and suffixes which enable us to work out the meaning of English words we encounter for the first time? Where have these come from and how did they enter the English language? In this session, Mrs Albans will show you how to work out the meaning of words for yourself and consider why, even today, people look in unexpected places when selecting a name for their new inventions and discoveries.

Thursday 8th February 3.30pm – 4.30pm African Literature – an introduction’.

There are 54 nations which comprise Africa. Each of these separate countries have their own history, languages, culture, tribes, and traditions. There are, however, some commonalities shared by literature which comes from different countries on the African continent.

Although much of African Literature’s popularity was gained in the 1950s, its history goes back thousands of years. In this session, Ms Spray will explore some of the rich history of African literature and some of its characteristics.

Wednesday 14th March 3.30pm – 4.30pm ‘The Romantics but not as you know them.’
From singing ‘Jerusalem’ at England international Rugby matches to Dan Brown’s most recent novel ‘Origins.’ Explore why the work of this group of revolutionary poets is still influential today.Miss Westwater
TBC 3.30pm – 4.30pm TBC

Mr Smith


 WB April  3.30 – 4.30pm  TBC

Mrs Wesley