Year 11: Revision for the Exams


You have been given EVERYTHING you could possibly ever want to help you revise and prepare for the exams, which are soon after Easter (Check the countdown timers below). You have the blue Workbook already, and should use that to help you focus on Paper 1 and Paper 2 of the GCSE English Language Exams.

You can download a copy of the GCSE English Literature Mock Paper Collection.

You can download a copy of the GCSE English Language Mock Collection.

If you plan an answer to a question or write an essay, feel free to bring it to your English teacher on return, and you will get feedback on. Planning an answer to a question about any of the English Literature texts can be quite a useful revision task.

For more guidance, click the image below and take a read.

Easter Revision Guidance jpg


Year 11: Don’t forget to prep for the Narrative Assessment next week

Year 11: Aren’t you lucky? You get to spend this weekend preparing for the Narrative Assessment, which will give you a taster of what it’ll be like in the exam; writing a story imaginatively in timed conditions. Lucky for you, we like to help our students. So take a look through class notes in your exercise book, as well as the resources below to help with planning a great idea. 

  1. This resource will help you revise how to plan a good story, and remind you of what we’ve been saying for weeks. planning-mat-narrative-writing
  2. It always helps to read examples of what has been written before, to get an idea about what the examiner wants. Here you go! be-the-examiner-two-examples-narrative
  3. For those of you who love sneak peeks at the mark scheme, here’s a treat. This will help you to understand what the examiner wants and how. mark-scheme
  4. A brief planning activity, using a worksheet you might have already seen in class. Why not read it through and try jotting some ideas down? worksheet-revision-2

Quick Preparation Activities to get you in the mood for Narrative Writing

  • Look through your books, or think about the feedback we’ve given over the last few weeks. What have you particularly struggled with? What has been a constant target?
  • Using interesting vocabulary and a variety of sentence structures:narra-1-successful-stories-vocab-fill-short-sentences
  • Another PowerPoint which has some great short prep activities.quick-prep-task
  • Spend some time going through a couple of ideas that you might write about – a straightforward idea, told in the right way, can do wonders in the exam. You are not expected to write the next Harry Potter or Fifty Shades…(and please don’t try to either; at least not in the exam/assessment).

Any other questions or worries, feel free to e-mail us at or send us a tweet. The link is at the top of the blog.


Greetings English Lovers! Welcome to the English Faculty’s new Blog. Here you’ll find lots of resources, hints and tips about how to get great marks in the exams, and maybe other fun stuff. 

Our first competition is the Six Word Story. Show off what you’ve learnt about Narrative Writing over the last few weeks by using language creatively. Your entry can be funny, sad, a bit rude…the possibilities are endless. What are the prizes? We’ll announce that soon enough. To be in with a chance of winning though, your entries need to be tweeted to our cool Twitter page. You’ll find the link here too. What are you waiting for?