This is the year for building on the skills acquired in year 7 and moving up a gear to race forward with your progress.

There are so many different topics to cover and all our lessons are tailored to further develop your skills in English. The year begins with some great books; popular novels are ‘The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas’ by John Boyne and ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens.

We then move on to explore the world of advertising and challenge you by asking, "Can you persuade me?”.  Drama is an important part of English and you will enjoy a variety of text: contemporary adaptations of novels like “Frankenstein” to Shakespeare himself.

At the end of the year your teacher will ask you to decide on the final area of study depending on which skills need most development.   Decide whether you need extra tie on poetry, creative writing and prose text, to name a few of the options available.  And all this time we want you reading, reading, reading – we will even help with reading lists and recommendations.

Supporting your Child

Homework is usually set through Edmodo; parents can join this site as well through your child.  You can support your child’s learning by encouraging your child to be independent and complete homework by the deadline set.  You can also support your child with the suggested reading that links to the topic for the half term, using questions to engage your child on their understanding of the text covered in lessons.  Promote the use of either the school library or your local library and read books together, so that you can discuss this.  Listening to your child read every day is a crucial way to develop skills in English

Useful Books

  • Shakespeare texts that are applicable
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Clay by David Almond
  • I am David by Ann Holm
  • The Diary of Anne Frank

Head of Department: Miss E Green

Head of Department: Miss E Green

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Rushden Academy

Rushden Academy

01933 350391


KS3 Head of Years

Head of Year 7 - Mrs S Finney

Head of Year 8  - Mr S Harris

Head of Year 9 - Mrs A Gurnham

KS4 Head of Years

Head of Year 10 - Miss R Burrows

Head of Year 11  - Miss J Neville

KS5 Head of Year

Head of Year 12 & 13 - Mr P Chapman

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Rushden Academy

Hayway, Rushden, Northamptonshire. NN10 6AG
Tel: 01933 350391
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