Archive for April, 2016

Year 11 GCSE History Competition

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Good Luck Year 11

With only 18 school days remaining until our Year 11 students start their GCSE exams, Mr J Archibald unveiled a special ‘Good Luck’ message from the Leadership Team in the the form of a painting which is on show within the school.





Live performances support learning as Gothic literature and Shakespeare are brought to life!

Over the last week, Year 9 and 10 students have been lucky enough to watch theatrical performances of GCSE texts.

Firstly, Year 10 students were visited by the Red Heart Theatre on Wednesday 13th April to assist with their studies of 19th century fiction, a key part of their GCSE for English language.

From the golden age of gothic horror, students witnessed the performance of three chilling tales from some of the greatest authors of the Victorian era: The Red Room by H. G Wells, The Signalman by Charles Dickens and The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe.

All pieces were performed by Rupert Mason in full, period costume with a Victorian set and atmospheric lighting and sound effects.

Students thoroughly engaged with the performances. One student said “It was very dramatic and intriguing” and that they “look forward to studying this unit of work”.



On the 19th April, it was Year 9’s turn for a spot of culture. Thanks to the energetic performances of Young Shakespeare Company, students’ understanding and enjoyment of Romeo and Juliet have undoubtedly been enhanced. The modern and interactive approach taken by this company helped students who may have been finding it difficult to imagine the text studied in the classroom as a piece of entertainment.

The students raved about the performances which were so realistic that some squirmed in their seats at the fight scene and others thought Romeo and Juliet did a little too much kissing!

For both companies, The Red Heart Theatre and Young Shakespeare Company, these were return visits and I am sure that they will be back to entertain future Year 9s and 10s…


KS4 history trip brings GCSE learning to life!



A recent educational trip to Berlin for Year 10 and 11 students gave Regents Park students the chance to contextualise GCSE learning. Students were positive about the experience and felt that the trip enriched their learning. Here are two students’ accounts and reflections of the KS4 Berlin trip.


“At the end of last term we went on an educational trip to Berlin for 5 days. The trip was a success leaving us with an open mind and a clearer view on what really happened in Germany, during the Nazi regime and the Cold War.

We got to visit many historical sites such as Sachsenhausen concentration camp, The Berlin Wall and the Reichstag. It was exciting but also shocking to see how some minorities were treated in Germany and also how the city was divided for so long.

I thoroughly enjoyed every single minute and it gave me a thirst for more knowledge about how certain events happened. It also gave me a better understanding than I had. I thank all of the teachers that made this happen!”

Crystal Turner Brightman – Year 10.


“I enjoyed visiting the Berlin Wall and learning about the meanings of the drawing on it. I also enjoyed the walking tour of Berlin and going to the site of Hitler’s bunker and visiting Checkpoint Charlie. My favourite part of the trip was shopping because I was confident to buy souvenirs for my family and friends whilst speaking German.”

Lucy New – Year 10


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