This term, the English department has been supporting Year 10 and 11 students in thinking ahead – not just to College and their post 16 options but further ahead than that with visits to two Universities. In November, a group of students headed to an “English in Action” event at Warwick University held in the Arts Centre – one of the largest Arts centres in the UK. Students were given a taste of University life with a series of lectures on different aspects of the GCSE English Language course, including one from an adviser to Ofqual. The day ended with a reading and question and answer session from Owen Sheers – an internationally renowned poet who also features on the English Literature poetry anthology. Later in the month, a group of students travelled to Edge Hill University (much closer to home!) Here, they participated in a number of English writing workshops and were also able to gain a flavour of Uni life with a campus tour. In the afternoon, students enjoyed a production of “A Christmas Carol” in the Edge Hill Arts Centre – a great opportunity to enjoy one of the English Literature set texts. Both of these Universities are rated highly for the quality of their course, particularly English, so hopefully these visits gave students food for thought about their future.
Mrs Woodhouse, Curriculum Leader for English