Pop Videos 2014


Presenting a speech in front of an audience of two hundred and fifty students is one of the bravest things a student can do, particularly whilst your year head, Mr Pickhaver and your headmaster Mr Hoare, jots down notes on your performance… but this is exactly what a collection of ambitious year nine students did.

With their passionate and thought provoking speeches the audience were captivated by a range of topics from the importance of wearing a bike helmet (where Travis added a humorous twist and got the audience roaring with laughter) to Emily Reeve’s confident and engaging delivery on stereotyping.

The teachers and audience couldn’t have been proud enough to watch Emily Reeve achieve first place with Leah Beale coming a close second and Amber Mockridge achieving third place. We are already looking forward to next year’s speeches. Congratulations year nine!

Author Alex Scarrow visits Heathfield


On Weds 7th July Alex Scarrow, author of the bestselling ‘Time Riders’ series of books, visited Heathfield. Alex delivered a brilliant presentation to the whole of Year 7 in the Tacchi Morris auditorium. He described his time in a rock band and as computer game designer, and went on to talk about writing and what inspired him to create the Time Riders series. The event finished with a Q&A session and a book signing.

Alex then hosted two creative writing sessions in the Library for Year 8s. The theme of the sessions was to encourage creative thinking and to learn new writing techniques. Some ‘out of the box’ thinking produced some intriguing suggestions for story ideas – English teachers may find these ideas cropping up in lessons soon!

Read for My School begins!

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Read for My School is a reading challenge for Year 7 and Year 8. Schools across the country will be taking part, with the chance to win lots of lovely books! The aim is to read as many books as you can before 28th March. To help you, the website has 100 brilliant fiction titles that you can read online during the challenge. The books have been specially chosen for all abilities and interests. You can record all the ‘real’ books you read too!

Log onto the website http://www.readformyschool.co.uk/app/#/api/user/login to get going. If you have any problems, or need some book suggestions, call in and see Mrs Martin in the Library.


Happy Reading!

500 Words returns!

Calling all budding writers! The BBC’s writing competition ‘500 Words’ is now open for 2014. Anyone aged 13 or under can submit a story. If you fancy entering, click here for more information.

Here’s a short video to get you inspired!

English Revision

If you are looking for ways to revise for English, look no further!

The first port of call is to visit the year 11 blog. Here you will find revision resources (Prezis, videos, notes, tasks, past questions and just about everything you could want) to help you along the way.

Be sure to follow the blog to get the most out of it.

Mr Wood

Welcome to English!

Welcome to English. From here you will find updates about what is going on in the department, and examples of some of the brilliant work that our students are doing.

We also have a departmental Twitter @bookshelfheath, which is open for students and parents alike. By following, you will get regular words of the day there, and links to homeworks, interesting articles and news.