Year 7 students have commented on their favourite lessons so far:

I loved King of Shadows because it tells you how people lived in Shakespeare’s time’ whilst The Blood of Dracula got another thumbs-up as ‘it was just so funny.

Imogene - Student

I like how everyone in the class gets involved and reads aloud, which makes it more fun.  We read books that I would never read outside school, which is good variety.  I enjoyed the superhero scheme of work, especially when we wrote our own super hero stories.  I never used to enjoy English, but the topics this year have changed my opinion.

Lewis- Student

We always get to do active stuff and do drama activities.  English is not just writing and making your vocabulary better on your own, we work together.   We watch clips or relevant films to the topic to help bring it to life.  English is quite fun, as we are doing a range of activities, we are reading the play Frankenstein and acting out the roles.  Students are always involved in the activities with reading to the class, I am never bored!

Emma - Student

English Lessons really stimulate my brain!  I love learning how writers create an emotional response in me to the characters.

Elle - Student

Supporting your Child

Homework is usually set through Show My Homework; 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 J Neville

Head of Department: Miss J Neville

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Rushden Academy

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01933 350391


KS3 Head of Years

Head of Year 7 - Mrs K Monkman

Head of Year 8 - Mr C Smith

KS4 Head of Years

Head of Year 9 - Mrs S Finney

Head of Year 10 - Mr S Harris

Head of Year 11 - Mrs A Gurnham

KS5 Head of Year

Head of Year 12 & 13 - Mr P Chapman

Deputy Head of Year 12 & 13 - Mrs A Owen

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