Year 9 is when we fine tune those crucial reading, writing and speaking and listening skills to get you ready for GCSE.

Initially we explore how campaigns for specific causes and charities use informative and persuasive language to promote their fundraising. We then move on to the study of Shakespeare, looking at wonderful dramas such as Twelfth Night, The Tempest or Much Ado About Nothing.

This is followed by some challenging and exciting prose reading: Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman for example.

After an exciting unit exploring poetry – this could be War Poetry, Pre-20th century poetry or more contemporary poems from Carol Ann Duffy or Simon Armitage - we begin GCSE preparation units. This is where you develop specific skills for GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.  

You will study a range of fiction and non-fiction texts from a variety of times and genres as well as fine tuning those essential writing skills. By the time the year has finished, you will be raring to go at GCSE! And we still encourage you in your reading; it’s so important to read well and widely, especially in your approach to the GCSE courses.

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

Supporting your Child

Parents/carers can support students by keeping them up to date with the latest news either through newspapers, internet or library visits.  Debate and discussion with specific topics increases their ability to further their knowledge in this subject.

Useful Websites

  • Coolgeography.co.uk
  • Edmodo
  • BBC Bitesize

Head of Department: Miss J Neville

Head of Department: Miss J Neville

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Rushden Academy

Rushden Academy

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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