News Category: English

Spotlight Poetry

Published on 23rd Jun 2021 in Drama & Theatre | English | Year 7 News | Year 8 News | Year 9 News.

Please click on each link below to read the fantastic poetry written by some of our Key Stage 3 students for this year’s Spotlight Poetry Competition.

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Year 8 Book Shadowing Group

Published on 22nd Jun 2021 in English | Year 8 News.

The Year 8 CILP Carnegie Awards shadowing group gathered on Wednesday 16th June 2021 to watch the awards live on the official website screened from the British Library.

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Spotlight Poetry Competition Winners

Published on 21st Jun 2021 in Drama & Theatre | English | School News | Year 7 News | Year 8 News.

For Spotlight this year, we have been in search of creative writers in Key Stage 3 to write poems to be performed as Spotlight Drama pieces.

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Year 8 Book Shadowing – Carnegie Medal

Published on 18th May 2021 in English | School News | Year 8 News.

A group of Year 8 students have been enthusiastically reading their way through the eight shortlisted teen fiction books up for this year’s prestigious CILIP Carnegie Medal in our Thursday lunchtime book shadowing group. Along with hundreds of students around the country, our dedicated and voracious Year 8 readers have been voting for their favourites […]

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Literacy Week 2020

Published on 4th Mar 2020 in English | School News.

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Year 7 Public Speaking Competition

Published on 29th Nov 2019 in English | School News | Year 7 News.

Since half term, the English Department have been teaching Year 7 about persuasive writing skills and the art of constructing a well-researched argument. Pupils have learnt how to form a viewpoint from which to write, the use of rhetorical and persuasive techniques and the impact of their choice of language and style of delivery on an audience.

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Author Visit

Published on 21st Nov 2019 in English | School News | Year 7 News | Year 8 News.

Chris Bradford, author of the popular ‘Young Samurai’ and ‘Bodyguard’ series of books visited school this week and entertained Years 7 and 8 with his martial arts and bodyguard techniques.

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Lit Quiz 2019

Published on 7th Nov 2019 in English | School News | Year 8 News.

On Wednesday 6th November, our team of Year 8 students won the Lit Quiz 2019 at Bootham School, York. Congratulations! They won the Quiz and the trophy and are now through to the National Finals, which will be held in London on 4th December.

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Sixth Form Creative Writing Week

Published on 8th Jul 2019 in English | Sixth Form | Year 12 News.

Our Year 12 students had a wonderful writing week in Wales as part of Sixth Form Enrichment.

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Year 7 Public Speaking

Published on 12th Dec 2018 in English | Year 7 News.

Since half term, the English Department have been teaching Year 7 about persuasive writing skills and the art of constructing a well researched argument. Pupils have learnt how to form a viewpoint from which to write, the use of rhetorical and persuasive techniques and the impact of  their choice of language and style of  delivery. To mark […]

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Sister Act Review

Published on 27th Nov 2018 in Dance | Drama & Theatre | English | Music | School News.

When the film “Sister Act” was released in 1992, it rapidly became a worldwide box-office hit and helped to cement Whoopi Goldberg’s position as one of the great comic film actors of her generation. Fast-forward fourteen years, and the story of nightclub singer Deloris Van Cartier’s experiences of living in a convent under a witness-protection […]

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International Kids’ Lit Quiz

Published on 7th Nov 2018 in English | Year 7 News | Year 8 News.

On Monday 5th November, Mrs Parris and Mrs Roth took a team to Bootham School in York to compete in the Yorkshire heats of the annual International Kids’ Lit Quiz. After a hard-fought battle over ten rounds, our team finished in a very impressive third place out of 14 entries, only missing out on second […]

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Foyle Competition Winner

Published on 20th Sep 2018 in English | Sixth Form | Year 12 News.

Congratulations to Maiya Dambawinna on being selected as one of the 15 winners of the Foyle Competition. This is a fantastic achievement given that there were 11,000 entries. Congratulations also for having been invited to take part in the “Contains Strong Language Festival” in a BBC broadcast from Hull that will be aired on National Poetry […]

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Spelling Bee

Published on 24th Apr 2018 in English | Year 8 News.

The annual year 8 inter-form spelling bee was won by 8Y this year, with the individual competition trophy going to Isabel Miles in 8S. In a nail-biting tie-break, Isabel narrowly defeated runner-up Daniel Bryant of 8G. Her winning word was ‘verisimilitude’ – a truly tricky one! All of the students really got behind their teams […]

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Chris Bradford Visit

Published on 4th Mar 2018 in English | School News | Year 7 News | Year 8 News | Year 9 News.

Chris Bradford was sorry he was unable to meet everyone at St Aidan’s on World Book Day. Anyone who requested a signed copy of his book will still receive the book – watch out for further details. Chris hopes to visit St Aidan’s in the future  

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