Headteacher Update 20th May 2022


Dear Parent

I hope you are well.

As promised – a thematic email this week.

I have recently finished reading a beautiful book called Where The Crawdads Sing by the American author, Delia Owens. It had been recommended to me by 3 colleagues and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed the book; in turn, I have to recommend it to you.

I also make a point of reading all of the books on our English curriculum so that I can engage our students in conversations about them at the relevant part of the year (I don’t spend all of my time confiscating water pistols!). Over the last couple of years we have completely transformed the Literature side of our English curriculum and I have to tell you that it is both rich and ambitious in its design. Below are the key texts and poetry our students study in English and I have also attached the English Learning Journey which can be found on the school website.

  • YEAR 7: My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece; Lord of the Flies; A Midsummers Night’s Dream; Keats poetry.


  • YEAR 8: The Book Thief; To Kill a Mockingbird; Othello; Protest and War poetry.


  • YEAR 9: Pigeon English; Jekyll and Hyde; The Tempest; poetry from other cultures.


  • YEAR 10: An Inspector Calls; Macbeth; Power and Conflict poetry.


  • YEAR 11: A Christmas Carol; Power and Conflict poetry.


Many of the texts that students now study in Years 7 – 9 were originally GCSE texts and we have been so pleased with the response we have had from our students. I really think it proves the point that if you expect excellence, you get excellence in return.

And finally…I have written to you in the past about the importance of supporting and encouraging your children in their reading; the evidence is very simple – reading more makes you cleverer.

In Caritas et Veritas,

Mike Holland