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 9, 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 9, 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?
November 1st, 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?
Mrs Wesley is our English Enrichment Coordinator. You can email her on email@example.com, or pop into to L9 to see her.
We look forward to welcoming you to the team!
Mrs Wesley and Mr Ford
Hello year 11!
Between Monday 25th September and Friday 6th October you’ll be completing your GCSE Speaking and Listening presentations!
Click here for our top tips post.
Click here for a folder of resources, including:
- the task sheet
- the PowerPoint you’ve seen in class
- the mark scheme
- the exemplar videos of students achieving each grade
Hello, near Year 7s!
We enjoyed meeting you over the induction days – and hope you will enjoy the task we’ve set you for the summer.
Here’s what we’d like you to do:
- Cover your reading journal in a way that represents you and your taste in books. (Make sure you include your name!)
- Respond to the books you read over the summer in a creative way. You should include the title and the author, but the rest is up to you. You could:
- Write a review
- Draw a picture that represents how you feel about the book
- Write a chapter continuing the story
- Write a diary entry for one of the characters
- Create a new cover for the book
- Anything else you can think of!
You should aim to read (and respond to) 2 to 5 books over the holiday.
Don’t forget to bring your journal with you for the first lesson back!
If you have any questions, get in touch with us. You can email Mr Ford, the Head of Faculty, on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for your summer holiday homework?
You’ve come to the right place!
Remember: the deadline for all work is your first English lesson back after the summer break.
Enjoy the holidays, and make sure that you get some well-earned rest once you’ve got these bits and bobs done!
Year 11! With your GCSE English Language exams just around the corner, it’s worth looking again at these neat tricks that will help you to vary your sentence types for effect.