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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

In line with Government advice, the school is planning to reopen to all students in September, we will update this page with more information as it becomes available. 

Update 29/06/2020

Guidance for Students and Parents to support working remotely from home:

For students, parents and carers who would like to add something different to their home learning, please see the link below to enhance your home learning. 

Key Stage 3 Challenge Packs


Novel Project

‘Reading is an opportunity for broadening horizons and cheating confinement.’

Marc Rowland, Unity Research School

We know you are all reading avidly out there so want to offer you the opportunity to explore your text through the Novel Project!

This project has multiple parts. For this assignment you must create a project on the text you have chosen to read. This must include a plot summary, a plot diagram, a descriptive paragraph, and an overall review of the book.

Submit by 1st September 2020 to!

Plot Diagram

This should provide a quick overview of the text. You do not need to include every event, but key events and details should be included. You can write in point form.

Plot Summary

In a brief paragraph, outline the story. Try to avoid a list of events, but rather give a few key details (character names, overarching plot, etc.). Aim to give a sense of the story and its key themes.

  • Example A - Taken from IMDB, Rogue One A Star Wars Story: All looks lost for the Rebellion against the Empire as they learn of the existence of a new super weapon, the Death Star. Once a possible weakness in its construction is uncovered, the Rebel Alliance must set out on a desperate mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. The future of the entire galaxy now rests upon its success.
  • Example B - Taken from IMDb, Hunger Games: In what was once North America, the Capitol of Panem maintains its hold on its 12 districts by forcing them each to select a boy and a girl, called Tributes, to compete in a nationally televised event called the Hunger Games. Every citizen must watch as the youths fight to the death until only one remains. District 12 Tribute Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has little to rely on, other than her hunting skills and sharp instincts, in an arena where she must weigh survival against love.


Descriptive Paragraph 

  • Pick a character from your book. Write a descriptive paragraph about a place that you think would be important to them. It could be a place they went as a child, their apartment, a relative's home, somewhere they like to visit, etc. It doesn’t have to be a setting in the book. Good descriptive paragraphs should make a scene vivid to the reader. It should be clear, strong, and believable. You can add action/events to your scene, but make sure you aren’t copying from the book.
  • Tips for writing descriptively:
    • Consider the time and place. For example, a deserted park at night requires a completely different description from a busy park during the daytime.
    • It is possible to put in too much description. You should select details which are needed to create the impression you want your reader to have. Focus on what is needed for plot, to create a mood, or to capture atmosphere.
    • Try to avoid a list. Avoid descriptions that just provide information, such as: "The room was square with a window along one side. It had four chairs and a TV and video. There was a drinks cabinet and computer in the corner. The carpet was red and the ceiling cream."
    • Aim to give an overall impression of the scene. For example, a description of a room could be: "The living room was brightly lit by a large window and housed several modern pieces of electrical equipment but the effect was softened by a drinks cabinet and a warm red carpet." This suggests the person who lives there likes technology but wants to be comfortable too.
    • Consider how the description of the following scene helps to portray the mood of the character. For example: "A wet, dull day greeted Mary as she stepped into the grey light. Men huddled by in drab wet coats or stood in dismal doorways waiting for a bus which never seemed to arrive." This gives the reader a sense of Mary’s mood and the mood of the text.

Book Review

  • Provide an overall review of your book. This should include a score (ex. 4/5 stars), a brief plot summary (1-2 sentences), and an analysis of the book and your reactions to it. Think about how you want to format your review. You need to include an introduction with your summary and the background information (title, author’s name, etc.). As always, make sure your main points are split up into individual paragraphs.
  • You may want to consider the following questions:
    • Is the book well-written? Is it easy to understand? Is the plot easy to follow? Is it too predictable?
    • What is the purpose of the book? Does it raise awareness about a subject? Did you learn anything from it?
    • What did you think of the book?
    • Who would you recommend the book to?
  • You may also want to consider why the book was selected for you.


  • Your report should be formatted in a unique and original way. Think about the way you want to present information to your reader. How you do this is completely up to you. Some ideas:
    • A poster - display your information on a posterboard. Think about how you want to organize your information.
    • A pizza box - each slice of pizza covers a different aspect of your review, ‘a recipe’ gives the plot summary, etc.
    • A book jacket - make a book cover out of paper. Use both sides of the cover.

Novel Project Judgment criteria

Plot Summary

  • Avoids list-like descriptions
  • Summarizes the plot in a way that interests and engages the reader
  • Largely free of errors, if any are present, errors do not impede meaning




Plot Diagram

  • Well-organised. Clear and easy to follow.
  • Key events and details are included. Details are provided
  • Largely free of errors, if any are present, errors do not impede meaning




Descriptive Paragraph

  • You will be marked on your overall description (5 marks), the setting you have chosen (2 marks), your organization (2 marks) and the accuracy of your writing (3 marks).




Book Review

  • You will be marked on your communication and organization (10 marks) and the accuracy of your writing (10 marks).
  • Your work should explain your opinion in detail.





  • Unique and creative format
  • You will be marked on the overall clarity of your report (ex. Is it easy to read?), and your organization.







The English Department would like to recommend the following books for the students to read during lockdown:

Year 7 - Anne of Green Gables by L.M.Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables is the story of a young orphan girl, Anne, who is mistakenly delivered to an older couple looking to adopt a boy to work on their farm in Avonlea on Prince Edward Island. After the couple meets Anne, they decide to keep her despite her not being of the appropriate gender.

Year 8 - Call of the Wild and White Fang by Jack London

The central character of the novel is a dog named Buck. The story opens at a ranch in Santa Clara Valley, California, when Buck is stolen from his home and sold into service as a sled dog in Alaska. He becomes progressively feral in the harsh environment, where he is forced to fight to survive and dominate other dogs.

Year 9 - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice is set in rural England in the early 19th century, and follows the Bennet family, which includes five very different sisters. Mrs. Bennet is anxious to see all her daughters married, especially as the modest family estate is to be inherited by William Collins when Mr. Bennet dies.

You can access these texts for free by going to the following sites:

For those who read the recommended Classic books, the English department are running a competition, please click on the following link to view:

Exploring Shakespeare is to savour some of the most powerful language ever written.

In these packs there will be words and phrases unfamiliar to the students although we have included a number of links to support them as they journey deeper and deeper into the play or plays. There will be layers upon layers of meaning within the lines delivered by the characters and the activities will cultivate key skills of analysis and interpretation. 


The Challenge Packs have been developed to provide extra challenge for those students who are completing their home lessons but then looking for something a little bit harder to stretch themselves.  They are entirely optional – no student will be disadvantaged by not engaging with the packs.

Each pack is in two sections.  The first section contains links to stretching materials for the whole year’s curriculum, unit by unit.  The Year 7 and Year 8 resources are of basic GCSE level and the Year 9 resources are more advanced GCSE level. These resources include videos, PowerPoints and worksheets with answers. The second section contains links to extra-curricular resources like the Maths Challenge past papers and the NRICH website for games, puzzles and problem solving. 

The packs are designed to be used without a teacher and no work needs to be submitted. Having said that, your teachers would love to see anything you’re particularly proud of, either by email or once we are back in school.

Each student can use the resources as they want. Some may want to start at Unit 1 and work through the units as consolidation and extension of the work studied so far.  Others may want to work on the topics they particularly enjoyed, or just tackle some of the extra-curricular puzzles and problems. And others again will not want anything more than their weekly lessons.

The packs are intended for students who love maths and want to take themselves deeper into the curriculum or outside the curriculum in the broader context.  Some of the resources have been chosen to be very challenging so they are meant to make your brain work hard. But if you are struggling and not enjoying it, then it’s time to stop.

Student Wellbeing Information:

The Wellbeing Team have been working hard to think of ways to communicate with our students during this time and how to offer help, support and advice. They have created a Virtual Wellbeing Board - take a look!

Parent Information:

Update from Ofqual : GCSE and A Level Awarding, Summer 2020

Information has been released  by Ofqual, giving details of the awarding of GCSE and A Level grades for Summer 2020. Parents and students have been contacted directly with information in regards to this update. 

More Information: Ofqual exceptional arrangements for awarding qualifications this summer


Links to current Government advice