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Retweetd From Harris Chafford Hundred

This Friday we have our reading and breakfast morning from 7:30am in the cafe. 📚


Retweetd From Harris Federation Classics

What a great day at the Roman baths with exemplary Harris Chafford and Riverside students.


This Friday we have our reading and breakfast morning from 7:30am in the cafe. 📚


Options evening and parents evening this Thursday evening for year 9 pupils.


Part 3: We really miss the Summer 😫 ☀️


Part 2: We wish you all a safe and restful weekend and look forward to seeing you all once again on Monday


Part 1: A huge thank you to those of you who have shown your support over the last few days. It has been a huge challenge, especially when you really want to keep the school open and we really appreciate everyone who understands it’s not just a quick and easy decision to make.


Retweetd From Essex Weather Centre

Disappointing to see local media once again creating unnecessary panic by using computer generated forecasts which show heavy snow all evening and overnight. This has forced shopping centres, schools, businesses and local shops to make decisions when NO disruptive snow expected.


9:30am start but if students want to come in earlier they can do


Both the warm and mock exam are cancelled today for those of you involved. 9:30 start


Just to confirm everybody is to leave the site at 1pm so there will be no year 11 intervention after school


Yes they do


Yes everybody is to leave at 1pm so no Year 11 intervention


Good morning all. We are open for all students with a reduced day to ensure more time to leave and exit safely. The School Day will start at 9:30am and finish at 1:00pm. If pupils wish to arrive earlier we will accommodate them as always. Please see the attached email sent out.


Part 2: We will notify you by 7.45am tomorrow if there are any changes. The delay this morning was due to the volume of website traffic causing technical difficulties. It is always our intention to be open for our students.


Part 1: Our overriding desire is to stay open if possible to educate the children. Decisions are made on the day after judging the local conditions and staffing levels. This is simply not possible the day before.


Good morning, no intervention this afternoon


Weather update. School open from 10am. The school will be fully open to all pupils including Sixth Form with a 10am start.

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English Literature

A’ Level English Literature Reading list


Literature, Criticism, and Style: A Practical Guide to Advanced Level English Literature by Steven Croft

Beginning Theory by Peter Barry

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams


  • The Glass Menagerie
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  • The Rose Tattoo
  • Sweet Bird of Youth
  • Suddenly Last Summer
  • The Night of the Iguana
  • Summer and Smoke
  • Orpheus Descending


  • The Theatre of Tennessee Williams (Critical Companions)
  • Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire by Harold Bloom
  • Critical Companion to Tennessee Williams: A Literary Reference to his Life and Work by Alycia Smith-Howard
  • Communists, Cowboys and Queers: Politics of Masculinity in the Work of Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams by David Savran
  • The Great American Playwrights by Jerry Roberts


Shakespearean Tragedy: Lectures on Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth by A.C. Bradley

Shakespeare: Othello (Casebooks Series) by John Wain (Editor), or at least the essay Diabolic Intellect and the Noble Hero -A Note on Othello  by F.R. Leavis

Shakespeare's Division of Experience by Marilyn French

Victorian Poetry and Coursework texts:

Victorian Literature by Dr Beth Palmer

Gothic Literature by Sue Chaplin

The Victorians by Jeremy Paxman

Frankenstein and The Handmaid’s Tale

Teaching the Monster to Read: Mary Shelley, Education and Frankenstein by Anne McWhir (essay)

Female Gothic by Ellen Moers (essay)

Monsters in the Garden: Mary Shelley and the Bourgeois Family by Kate Ellis (essay)

Sisters of The Revolution : A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology by Ann VanderMeer

Supporting Literature:

Some Victorian fiction such as Thomas Hardy would be a good idea as it will boost awareness of Victorian context  - start with Far From the Madding Crowd or The Mayor of Casterbridge. Any Dickens (perhaps Bleak House or Hard Times) or Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell would be an excellent choice as well. All of these are freely available online.