U6 English Students Inspired at Imperial College Study Day

Wednesday 29th November 2017

Dr Bellamy’s U6 English A Level class attended an excellent study day at Imperial College, London, hosted by English in Action and focusing specifically on the ‘WWI and its Aftermath’ examination paper.

The day comprised a thought-provoking series of lectures, providing insight into how to prepare for the examination as well as considering several topics of interest, such as the status of First World War poetry and the reality of the soldiers’ perspective. Concluding with a talk from Pat Barker CBE, the author of their class core text, Regeneration, the day was sure to resonate loudly as the girls prepare for their mock examinations in January and final papers in the summer.

It is a real bonus to be able to attend such days. The students are provided with perspectives and viewpoints to complement the work being done with their teachers and to hear from experts such as military historian, Taff Gillingham, definitely helps to place their understanding in context, a key aspect of success in their English Literature studies. The girls particularly enjoyed the down-to-earth approach of Senior AQA Examiner, Jon rich, who made it clear to them that they must go into their examinations aiming for a grade A if they don’t, he explained, they are definitely not going to get one!