Category: A Team (Year 11)

The English A Team


We pity the fool that doesn’t want to join our English A Team. (See what we did there? No? Never mind.)

What is the English A Team?

The English A Team is a group for students in Years 10 and 11 who are aiming for grades 7, 8 and 9 in their English GCSE exams.

What does it involve?

Members of the A Team will have access to a series of after-school sessions designed to enrich their experiences of English, and improve their chances of securing the top grades.

Do I have to attend all of these sessions?

No, you don’t – but the more you attend, the better we think you’ll do. And we will have to remove any students from the A Team who don’t turn up to at least one of the first three sessions, in order to make room for other students.

Who can join?

Anyone in Year 10 or Year 11 who wants to achieve a grade 7, 8 or 9 in English.

How do I sign up?

To join the A Team, you need to get a parent/carer to complete the form here.

You can then see which sessions are coming up on our dedicated A Team page – the link is at the top of this page.

When’s the first session?

Just after half term. The date, time and location can be found on our A Team calendar – click on the A Team link at the top of this page.

Do I need to sign up for each session?

Yep. There will be a sign up sheet for each session outside the English staff room in L Block. It will be up two weeks before each session, and places are first come, first served.

Who can I contact if I have questions?

Miss Marvin is our English Enrichment Coordinator. You can email her on, or pop up to L3 to see her.

We look forward to welcoming you to the team!

Miss Marvin and Mr Shovlin







Year 11: Want to have a goosey at some A* Literature mock exams?

Well, what do you know? You’ve come to just the right place!

Below you’ll find two exam papers completed by our very own Year 11 students – and both achieved A*s.

You’ll also find a copy of the exam paper itself, should you want to have another look at its joys, and the accompanying mark scheme.

If you’re aiming for a high grade, take the time to read these exemplars – and perhaps make some notes on what makes them so effective.

A Star Literature Mock Exam Exemplar 1

A Star Literature Mock Exam Exemplar 2

Unit 1 Literature Mock Exam – March 2016

Unit 1 Literature Mock Exam – March 2016 – Mark Scheme

With thanks to SB and IR in Year 11 for letting us share their exceptional work.



An Inspector Calls Exemplar Essay

Year 10! Want to see an example of a grade 8 (A*) essay on An Inspector Calls?

Your wish is our command!

The essay below was written in response to the following question:

How does Priestley explore attitudes towards social class in An Inspector Calls?

Big thanks to Dylan Clarke in 10B/En1 for letting us share his (exceptional) work.

An Inspector Calls – Grade 8 Exemplar – Year 10

PS. While you’re here, why not liven up your playlists with one of our Girls Aloud/An Inspector Calls mashups?


Year 11! Want to see a couple of A* writing papers?

You’ve come to the right place, as usual!

Earlier this month, our Year 11 students completed a mock Unit 2 (Writing) exam. The tasks set were as follows:

Exam tasks

Below, you’ll find some of our own students’ responses to these tasks.

All of the exemplars achieved A*s – so they’re well worth a read to see the kind of writing that secures the highest marks.

Unit 2 Writing Mock Exam – A Star Exemplars

English A Team: Year 11

You can find a copy of the letter at the bottom of this post. Return it to the English Staff Room ASAP if you’d like to join.

Our first session is on Tuesday 15th December. Details below, and you can sign up outside the English Staff Room. Be quick: places are first come, first served.

Any questions? Get in touch with Miss Kirkpatrick or Miss Marvin; their contact details can be found by clicking on the Contact your teachers tab at the top of this page.

A Team Letter (Year 11).pdf