Good luck year 11’s!

Good luck to all our year 11 students who are taking their GSCE exams. Well done to all those students who attended revision sessions and extra classes. You still have one more exam left next week, which is next Tuesday! If you need any revision material please go and see Miss Butler in the library.


The English Department



Just a reminder that you can pick up lots of revision material from the school library. We have the revision wall (which can be found on the right wall as the enter the library) which is full of revision packs and worksheets that you can take away with you. If you have any questions about the English exams or revision please come and see me, I will be in the library after school on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday till 4.30pm.

REMEMBER English revision takes place in the library EVERY WEDNESDAY from 3.30 till 4.30pm. This weeks revision session will be on poetry, if you have any poetry related questions please come along.

I also have practice exam papers available so please come and see me in the library.



Miss Butler



Poetry revision

Here is a PowerPoint presentation going through the poems that you will need to revise for your poetry exam. These are the poems that you have studied from your anthology in class. To view the PowerPoint you must be logged onto your Google account.


What do you need to know about each poem?

Use the acronym SMILE.

Your must know how and why the poem is STRUCTURED

The MEANING behind the poem- what is the poem about?

The IMAGES that are created throughout the poem

LANGUAGE features used in the poem

When looking at these things you need to discuss the EFFECT that all of these things have on the reader and why the poet has used certain language features and structured the poem in a certain way.


You need to be discussing these things in your poetry exam. This worksheet might help you with your revision and what you need to know for each poem.

SMILE poetry

Poetry revision plan

Revision sessions


Just a reminder about the drop-in revision sessions on a Wednesday after school. These are currently taking place in the library from 3.30-4.30pm. I have lots of revision material that you can complete in the library or take away with you. I have reserved 20 seats in the library for those of you who want to complete the work.

The English department are also running revision sessions on a Wednesday after school.These sessions will be for targeted students only. These students will get a note in their register in advance and an email will also go home. These sessions are for a particular skills, which were highlighted as a weakness in the recent PPE exams. The note that the student will get in the register will tell you what room you need to go to.

If you have any queries or worries please come and see me in the library!

Miss Butler 🙂


Happy New Year!


I hope you have all had a lovely, well deserved Christmas break.

Now it is the final stretch before your GSCE exams (you only have 6 months left of school!). Now is the time to spend your last few months preparing and making sure you push yourself to achieve the best possible grade that you can.

Revision sessions will take place on a Wednesday after school from next week (11/01/2017). I will update you on where the revision session will take place but it will be from 3.30-4.30pm. Please come along if you want some revision materials or advice on what you should be revising.

Please make use of the revision wall. I have been updating the revision wall weekly so please help yourself to the matieral in the revision folders.

If you need any help or advice about revision or your English GSCE please do not hesitate to come and find me. I will be in my office (in the library) every Monday and Friday after school and during AOW.




18/11/2016- Revision update

It was lovely to see so many of you on target day. A lot of you took worksheets away with you, if you need to go through any of the worksheets with me please come and see me in the library on Monday after school (3.30-4.30pm) and we can organise a convenient time to go through them together.

I have also made a revision wall, this is full of resources and revision material. This is on the right as soon as you walk through the doors that lead to the library. Please help yourself to any resources that you need. All resources are labelled clearly.

Have a good weekend.

Miss Butler 🙂

Target setting day!

On Wednesday 16th November you have target setting day. I will be in the library from 9-11am and 2-3pm to answer any English related questions and I will have lots of SPAG worksheets which you can either take away with you or complete in the library.

I hope to see you there!

Miss Butler 🙂

After school revision session 2/11/2016

After school revision sessions are taking place every Wednesday in J3 (Jubilee block). These sessions are from 3.30 till 4.30pm. You are all welcome to come if you have any English related queries or questions!

For the last few weeks we have been focusing on SPAG.

Last week we looked at the Non-fiction part of your exam. We looked at the conventions of a letter and students had a go at writing their own formal letter. We looked at how letters should use a particular layout. An example of how to set out a letter is below.

Image result for how to write a letter

The question that the students who attended the class completed is attached below. If you want to have a go at the practice question and you want feedback please let me know, we can then organise to meet and go through your response.

Question 1

In England you are required to stay in education or training until you are 18.

Write a letter to your local MP, making it clear whether you agree or disagree with this requirement. 

Miss Butler 🙂