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Recommended Reading List for Key Stage 3

A list of suggested books can be seen here.

Recommended Reading List for Key Stage 4

A list of suggested books can be seen here.

Past Papers for GCSE

Foundation and Higher papers are available for download below -

Nov 2012 Foundation Paper           (Source Materia)l

June 2013 Foundation Paper          (Source Materia)l

Nov 2012 Higher Paper                 (Source Material)

June 2013 Higher Paper                (Source Material)

Sample Paper 1

Sample Paper 2                             (Source Material)


 KS3 Homework in English 

In English, one extended piece of homework is set for all KS3 students each half term. Students are given at least four weeks to do this work and are expected to hand in all projects the week before the end of each half term. To support students, drop-in sessions are offered every Monday and Tuesday dinnertime. We also offer a homework club every Thursday after school. If students don't have access to the school website, we can supply them with paper copies of all tasks.

If work is not brought on the due date, students are given a further day to bring it in to their respective teacher without any further action being taken. If it is not handed in at the second attempt, students are automatically given a detention and asked to bring work in on an agreed date. If homework is still not produced, parents will receive a letter asking that they have a conversation with their child reminding them of their obligation to follow school policy and to complete the work set. Additional sanctions may be put in place following this intervention. Interim and report homework grade will be recorded as a '1' until the situation is rectified.

To reward those children who do bring in work on time, we hold half termly homework competitions in which the best pieces are selected, displayed and an overall winner is chosen in each year group. All students nominated for prizes will be displayed on the website and postcards sent home. Overall winners receive book vouchers.


Autumn Term 2017 (Due Friday December 8th)


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Due: Friday 8th December (If you know you won’t be in school on this date, ensure that you hand it in to your teacher before the deadline)

Before you can begin the tasks below, you will need to come up with an idea for a story. Sometimes it can be hard to come up with good ideas, but before you bow your head in despair, why not try some of our tips below:

1. Read. Anything will do. You can find a great idea for a story on the back of a cereal packet.
2. Exercise your observation skills. Just sit back and observe people for a while. Sometimes it’s the little things that spark your creativity.
3. What if... Start with what if and fill in the rest. What if the sky fell down? What if aliens invaded? What if your teacher exploded? Anything will do. Let your imagination run wild.
4. Begin with a picture. Check out: http://www.slideshare.net/kevcummins/150-amazing-writing-prompts-pictures
5. Look at the past for inspiration.
6. Ten minute thought shower. Write down everything that comes to mind for 10 minutes. Don’t try to censor yourself. No crossing out!

If you still haven’t got anything, check out the following websites for more helpful hints:


And if you are still stuck after all of that, try this:

Choose a set of three elements and plan a story that contains all three of them. E.g:

• A compass, a letter, and a secret
• A graveyard, a premonition, and a rusty key.
• A message in a bottle, a journey, and a map.
• An old man, a pound coin, and a wish.

Or, create a story using one of the following prompts for inspiration:
• At birth, everyone has the date they will die tattooed on their arm. You were supposed to die yesterday.
• Use a line from a song as the opening to your story.
• Write a story that starts with “I haven’t told anyone this before, but I’m going to tell you now.”

Once you’ve got your idea, you are ready to start the tasks. As always, each of the activities below is worth a set number of points. Your teacher will tell you the minimum number of points you need to aim at, and then you can choose your activity and start adding them up. Make sure that the amount of work you do reflects the points available. E.g. For your complete story (50 points) you should be aiming for 3 pages (A4). For a 20 point writing task you should aim for at least a page (A4).


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Additional homework tasks for KS3 students


Select one of the ideas below and write a persuasive speech to be presented in class.

1. Kids should have less homework.
2. Children should be required to read more.
3. Too much money is a bad thing.
4. Teens should be required to take parenting classes.
5. Free speech should have limitations.
6. The voting age should be reduced to sixteen.
7. Time should be dedicated in school to discuss current affairs.
8. Magazine advertisements send unhealthy signals to young women.
9. We should teach manners in schools.
10. We need more women in power.
11. Recycling should be compulsory for everyone.
12. All students should study abroad.
13. Yearly driving tests should be mandatory over a certain age.
14. Bullies should be kicked out of school.
15. Parents of bullies should have to pay a fine.
16. School days should start later.
17. All students should wear uniforms.
18. Smokers should pay a health tax.
19. Teens should be able to choose their bedtime.
20. We should all give back to our communities.
21. Video games can be educational.
22. We need more holidays.
23. Aliens probably exist.
24. Beauty contests are bad for body image.
25. School should take place in the evenings.
26. Life is better than it was 50 years ago.
27. Books should never be banned.
28. Students should be allowed to leave school property for lunch.
29. Some music lyrics promote violence.
30. We can change the world.
31. There should be one world currency.
32. We should provide food for the poor.
33. Parents should talk to kids about drugs at a young age.
34. Dogs make better pets than cats.
35. Psychic abilities are real.


Remember speeches are meant to be spoken aloud to an audience.

1. The most important is to have something interesting thing to say. Work out your ideas in a plan before you write your speech. A plan will allow you to organise your ideas and structure what you want to say.
2. Be aware of the audience by speaking to them directly. Use the words ‘you’, ‘your’, ‘we’, ‘our’ and ‘us’ to get them involved.
3. Start off with a clear introduction. Introduce yourself and your subject. Try to grab the audience’s attention straight away.
4. Set out the points that you want to make. People’s brains cope best with information that is presented in clear ‘parcels.’
5. Use rhetorical questions – ask the audience that do not need to be answered to make them think.
6. Use information to support your ideas. Don’t just keep saying ‘I THINK’. Explain what you believe and why.
7. Come up with memorable phrases. Give the audience something easy to remember that recaps your points.
8. Try to use humour – making the audience laugh will wake them up and perhaps make them like and support you.
9. Language – devices like alliteration, metaphor and simile can be used to create more powerful effects and visual images in the minds of the audience.
10. Strong conclusion – end your speech with a summary that will fix ideas firmly in the audience’s mind. Remember that this will be the last thing that we hear.