News from the English Department


All students should be reading for at least 20 minutes every day. To help with this, I am attaching reading lists for KS3 and KS4 and above. How many have you read?


Please note all boys in years 7-11 have spelling lists on SMHW. They should be practising their spellings at home regularly in preparation for their spelling test in form time. The GCSE English exams focus on the quality of students’ vocabulary and spelling and the spelling lists will help to develop this area for the boys.

School Magazine:

The first issue of ‘Top Button’, the school magazine, is well underway. If your son/daughter would like to contribute, please come and see Mrs Avery in room 4. You might like to: write a story; write a sporting commentary on a Verulam match; write an opinion piece about something you feel strongly about; write about a hobby or sport you take part in out of school; write about your favourite ECCO club; produce a photo journalism piece, create a graphic comic strip….. come and see me with your ideas! Contributions are welcome from all year groups.

Year 10:

As explained in a separate parentmail, Year 10 students will be sitting their GCSE Literature exam in the summer of 2018. We will be holding an information evening at 7pm on Thursday 5th October in the school hall regarding this.

Mrs P Avery

Head of English

Text Messaging Service

Following our successful pilot in Years 10 to 11 last week, we will be extending our text messaging service to all parents from Years 7 to 11 from next week.  Texts will be sent for being late to registration and for absence from school.  The 'late' text will be to inform you of the fact that your son was late to school so that you can discuss the importance of punctuality with him. The 'absence' text will be sent to parents who have not communicated with school regarding their son's absence asking them to contact the school to give a reason for the absence.  The aim of the texts is to communicate these two key elements to you effectively and efficiently to ensure the safety of all of our pupils.