The Cruelty Class Review

We were very privileged to be invited to review an unpublished book last December, and even more excited to let you know that our class review of ‘The Cruelty’ will be appearing in the Times Educational Supplement (TES) on Friday 17th February.

Four students, Jessica Baillie, Amber Heckstall-Smith, Harriet Priest and Olivia Shackley, were chosen to read a pre-published debut Youth Adult novel by American novelist, Scott Bergstrom, and then each produce a review highlighting their own personal opinions.

The novel is a twist on the film ‘Taken’ and tackles some mature themes and is not advisable for younger students, however the students enjoyed the development of the protagonist Gwendolyn Bloom.

The opportunity to complete the review was well received by the girls who were enthusiastic about the project.  Adi Bloom, a TES reporter, commented that the girls had ‘clear-eyed criticism and the ability to express so clearly what they thought did and did not work about the novel.’

Should you wish to read the reviews please click HERE:



Year 7 Latin Course

All Year 7 Scholars – please come to E207 period 1 and 2 on Tuesday 14th June for a Latin Workshop delivered by David Langslow, Professor of Classics in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at University of Manchester.

KS4 Scholars and Sixth Form

Please note that the ILC has a full complement of the Philip Allan Review journals in the ILC which are a great primary source for students to access. They are also useful to read in preparation for UCAS statements and interviews. The journals can be loaned just like a book or individual articles photocopied as needed.

For some titles we have back issues going back 10 years whilst others may cover a year or two, please call in to take a look, or you can search these and all other resources relating to your topic on the catalogue of the ILC management system:

The titles available in the ILC are:

  • Biological Sciences Review
  • Business Review
  • Chemistry Review
  • Economic Review
  • The English Review
  • Geography Review
  • Modern History Review
  • A-Level Law Review
  • PE Review
  • Physics Review
  • Politics Review
  • Psychology Review
  • RS Review
  • Sociology Review

All Scholars and Gateway Students

Oxford & Cambridge Launch Collaborative Outreach Website

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new outreach website (, which has been jointly developed by the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

This online resource contains key information on how to access a wide variety of outreach opportunities on offer at both universities. Visit the website to find out contact details for your Link Colleges at Oxford and Cambridge, explore the searchable events portal and find out more about a series of new webinars offering information and advice about applying to Oxford and Cambridge.

All Scholars and Gateway students

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is the biggest award for writers aged 11-17. It welcomes poems on any theme and entry is completely FREE.

Since it began the Award has kick-started the career of some of today’s most exciting new voices. Past winners include Sarah Howe, Helen Mort and Caroline Bird.

Each year 100 winners (15 top winners and 85 commended) are selected by a team of high profile judges.

Winners receive a fantastic range of prizes, from mentoring to a residential Arvon writing course, Poetry Society membership to books.

For further information please follow the link Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award | The Poetry Society and let Mrs Wardle know if you enter.