5 of our budding mathematicians are on there way to their first ever maths tournament, hosted by - good luck to all of them!


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We are really looking forward to welcoming students from to the Count On Us . Best of luck to everyone!


Today we have the pleasure of welcoming poet and rapper Breis to the Academy. Breis will be running workshops throughout the day.


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Summer Reading Challenge volunteering opportunities at our libraries. To apply visit


You can view our new Summer Term lunch menu on our website or by clicking on the following link.


Welcome back! We hope our students, families and staff enjoyed the Easter break and are ready for the Summer Term. There are lots of exciting things planned for this term so be sure to follow our Twitter feed for regular updates!


Our wonderful families enjoying the evening.


Our generous families have made some delicious food for the WPA’s ‘International Spectacular’ event this evening.


We would like to remind our parents and carers that school will close at 12:20pm tomorrow for the Easter break. We will return on Tuesday 23rd April to begin the Summer term!


Students are rehearsing their ukulele performance in preparation for the WPA International Spectacular evening this Thursday! You will able to buy tickets on the door on the evening if you haven’t already.


Students are enjoying their lunch break in the sun today ☀


A few more photographs from the Year 7 trip to Tate Modern.


Don't forget to sign up to our PTA's first event 'International Spectacular'. You can still sign up by handing in your slip and paying £2 for an adult or £1 for a child. We are looking forward to getting together and experiencing culinary delights from around the world! 🌎🍴


Our students are having a great time at the Tate Modern.


The smoothie bike in action!


As part of our health and well-being drop down day, Chartwells are teaching the students the importance of getting 5 a day and the students are getting hands on making smoothies on the smoothie bike!


Half of Y7 are visiting the Tate Modern today and the other half will visit tomorrow! They have arrived safely and are looking forward to a fun day of learning.


Our ‘Wow Word of the Week’ this week is Luminous. Don’t forget to enter the 'Wow Word of the Week’ competition for your chance to win a kindle at the end of term. The more entries you make the higher your chance of winning!


Our scientists are building spaghetti towers and making helicopters and aeroplanes as part of their last session at this week

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Course Content:

The English curriculum taught in Year 7 aims to provide students with a varied and enriched curriculum where students will engage with texts from around the world. The year begins with an exploration of 19th Century Literature with a focus on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Students will delve into the mind of Scrooge as he transforms from a cold, uncaring man to one full of empathy and love.

Having visited the world of 19th Century literature students will turn to a British modern text, looking at Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Students will explore how Haddon uses language and structure to develop and utilise both characters and settings within his novel for effect, evaluating how successful he has been in this. Students will also explore how the themes of growing up, trust, love and truth, and logic vs emotion are presented and will use these as inspiration for their own pieces of fiction writing. Students will also use non-fiction texts to further enhance their understanding of the main themes and ideas within the novel.

Leaving the life of Christopher behind students will study a more synoptic unit focusing on ‘Protest Literature’. Students will look at a broad spectrum of literature from a variety of time periods during this unit as well as a texts from a variety of different cultures. Students will investigate how Protest Literature has helped to change society and the world through a holistic, critical and creative approach to studying this type of Literature. Students will be exposed to texts from Ancient Greece to the 21st Century, from Britain to Trinidad, and from poems to news articles. Students will then use these texts as inspiration to create their own Protest Literature.  

Students then travel even further back in literary history to ‘Fair Verona’ where they investigate the many dramas between two brawling families in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. This unit gives students the opportunity to delve into the exciting world of Shakespeare looking at the contextual influences of the Elizabethan era on Shakespeare’s writing. Students will also look at the performance and reception of the play during this period as well as in a modern context. Through analysis of language and structure, and through drama strategies students will explore the themes of love, betrayal, family and honour alongside exploring how characters in the play develop and influence the plot of the play. Students will also use non-fiction texts to further enhance their understanding of the main themes and ideas within the play.

Course Text Books/Websites:

There are no specific text books that we will use in English except for the texts that we will be reading in class. We will be using the following editions of each text:

  1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

ISBN: 978-1-407143-64-4

  1. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

ISBN: 978-1-107-61540-3

  1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

ISBN: 978-0-099-45025-2


Some useful websites:


Additional Materials/Equipment required:

Students should have a reading book in their bag at all times.

Home Support

Encourage your son/daughter to read for pleasure each day. This could be reading a newspaper for example or reading a fiction book. This will develop their knowledge of vocabulary and understanding of how texts are written. You should also try to encourage your son/daughter to discuss the texts they are looking at in their English lessons getting them to explain to you what certain characters are like and how themes are presented in the texts.