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  English Department    
  English Department      
  Head of Department: Mrs S Powell      
  English Results 2015      
  The English Dept. is delighted to announce its highest ever English results for a third consecutive year*:      
  • 100% of students achieved A*-G in English
  • 69% of students achieved grades A*- C in English
  • 76% of student achieved A*- C in English Literature
  • 14% of students achieved A*& A in English Literature
  • 29% of students achieved A*- B in English Literature
    *78% of students made 3 levels of progress or more in English (66% 2014; 56% 2013)
  Well done and good luck to all our 2015 leavers!      
  Year 7 2015      
Once again, Year 7s are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their new, free BookBuzz book. The choice this year included ‘Pale’ by Chris Wooding set in a strange futuristic world, to the dark tale of ‘Cuckoo Song’ by Frances Hardinge and the fantasy tale of ‘Jinx’ by popular author, Sage Blackwood.
  Students can take a look at the ‘Fun Stuff’ and ‘More Great Books’ on the BookBuzz website:
  Year 7 Catch up premium – 2017/18 >>      
  English Results 2014      
  • 71% of our Year 11s gained A*- C in English, a figure that is well above the national average
  • 74% of students gained A*- C in English Literature
  • 36% of students gained the high grades A*- B in English Literature
  English Department Showcase - Year 7 poems      
For the second time this year, young poets at John Spendluffe Technology College have received recognition of their talent.
Poets in 7R, who entered a national ‘Young Writers’ competition, have had their poems accepted for publication into an anthology entitled: ‘Poetopia – Teen Poets.’
Congratulations go to: Holly Aizlewood, Lewis Bevis, Bethany Bloodworth, Tyler-James Hodgkinson, Jamie-Lee Large, Cameron McMullan, Alfie Moore, Tegan Morris, Charlie Nairn, Ethan Powell, Larissa Vickers and Dylan Wells.
The anthology is scheduled for publication on 30th June, 2015*. Students worked closely with Mr Powell, part-time English teacher at John Spendluffe and published writer. Each poem was inspired by ‘Poetopia’, a mythical poetry world born from popular utopian / dystopia teen fiction such as ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘Divergent.’ In ‘Poetopia’ there are six ‘factions’, each faction has a different theme and rules.
The best poet in each ‘faction’ will win a prize and our school now has a chance of winning a first prize of £500, a second prize of £250 or a third prize of £100!
The English department hopes that all students will continue to nurture their creative writing talent and enjoy competition success!
*Check out the Young Writers website for anthologies to buy, games, activities, book reviews, author interviews and much more - for ages 3 upwards!
Ten talented Year 7 students at JSTC are award-winners in a recent poetry competition organised by The Rotary Club of Alford and Mablethorpe. In English lessons and lunchtime Writing Club sessions, the students created poems exploring the themes of identity (‘Names, Boasts and Lies’) inspired by the 6th Century Welsh poet ‘Taliesin’ and the modern poet Kate Clanchy.
Congratulations go to: Lewis Bevis, Ethan Powell, Cameron McMullen, Kyle Lowes, Charlie Nairn, Alfie Moore, Dylan Wells, Lucy Dent, Tilly Pashley and Larissa Vickers.
On the evening of the 17th February 2015, they are to be presented with their awards at an event hosted by The Rotary Club of Alford and Mablethorpe.
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The English Department proudly announces its highest ever English results for a second consecutive year:
  • 71% of our Year 11s gained A*- C in English, a figure that is well above the national average
  • 74% of students gained A*- C in English Literature
  • 36% of students gained the high grades A*- B in English Literature
  The English team warmly congratulates all of our ‘outgoing’ Year 11s on their success and we wish you good luck in your future ventures.      
Our new Year 7s have settled and engaged with the subject immediately. Responding to poetry workshops, they have produced stunning autobiographical poems on the theme of ‘Names, Boasts and Lies’. Enjoy a performance of a selection of these poems at our Open Evening on Thursday 25th September, 2014 in the English block or read them on this site.
A new lunchtime ‘Writing Club’ aimed at Key Stage 3 students, will begin soon, to be lead by our English teacher and published writer, Dan Powell. Our students will soon benefit from his expertise and hopefully gain recognition in national competitions.
A new free book, to keep, will soon be in the hands of all Year 7s; the English department actively encourages reading for pleasure and the annual ‘BookBuzz’, a ‘Booktrust’ programme, is an exciting way to begin Secondary school. Our ‘BookBuzz’ co-ordinator this year is English teacher, Mrs Hallam who has visited every Year 7 class with a choice of 17 brand new books to choose from, ranging from the quick read, ‘Ghost Stadium’ by Tom Palmer to Tony Bradman’s ‘Stories of WW1’. Check out the website for an interactive quiz and recommended reads for the autumn term:

Mrs Powell

  Head of English