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Get to Know the English Department

Favourite Book?

Mr Clayton-Jones: My favourite book is ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ by Ernest Hemingway and I like it so much I had a reading of it at my wedding!

Mrs Davies: My favourite book is probably ‘The mysteries of Udolpho’ by Ann Radcliffe

Miss Perkins: I can’t choose just one so I would have to go with my top 3 - ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ by Khaled Hosseini, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee and ‘The Road’ by Cormac McCarthy.

Ms Jenkins: My favourite book is “Rebecca” by Daphne Du Maurier.


Favourite Hobby?

Mrs Manfield: I enjoy swimming, yoga and spin classes outside of school. I was a keen swimmer when I was growing up so it’s always been a hobby of mine. My other hobby, if you can call it one, is supporting Liverpool FC!

Mrs Davies: My favourite hobby is definitely running.

Miss Perkins: I like to go to gigs, read, watch films and eat!

Ms Jenkins: Reading and if I can say two then I like running too.


Favourite Film?

Mr Clayton-Jones: My favourite film is called ‘Withnail and I’. It’s a 1980s comedy about two students from London - two acting students - who go on holiday, for a weekend, to the Lake District and have a chaotic time. It’s a cult film and it’s a film that I can just watch again and again and again and it always makes me laugh.

Mrs Davies: My favourite film is 'Twilight'

Miss Perkins: My top 3 are: ‘Goonies’, Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Usual Suspects’.

Ms Jenkins: Definitely “Ferris Bueller’s day off”.


Favourite Song?

Mrs Manfield: My favourite song at the moment is Harry Styles ‘Late Night Talking’. I think I’ve played it on repeat for the past three weeks.

Miss Perkins: ‘Iron Sky’ by Paulo Nutini or ‘Here on Out’ by Dave Matthews Band.

Ms Jenkins: The Cure - “Just like heaven”.


Favourite Food?

Mr Clayton-Jones: Italian. Probably a sort of seafood risotto or a seafood pasta.

Mrs Davies: Italian, probably pizza

Miss Perkins: Mum’s roast dinners!


Would you rather read the book or watch the film?

Mrs Manfield: Although I do think there can be some fantastic film adaptations of books, I do prefer to read. I am currently reading a book called ‘Inside Alcatraz’ by former inmate Jim Quillen. I picked it up after my visit there in the summer and am thoroughly enjoying. Books give us a deeper insight into internal thoughts and feelings which a film can’t often portray as effectively.

Ms Jenkins: I would definitely read the book.


Would you rather be super fast or super strong?

Mr Clayton-Jones: I'd rather be super fast because it appeals to me more than being strong. I think being fast has huge advantages over being super strong because you can get away from really strong people.


Would you rather go into the past or into the future?

Mrs Manfield: I would go into the past as I find history fascinating. If I could pick one time period to visit, it would probably be the Tudor period during the reign of Henry VIII. I can’t say that I’d want to stay for very long though!

Mrs Davies: I would’ve liked to go to the past so I could meet my relatives and see what they were like.


Would you rather be able to speak every language or be able to speak to animals?

Mr Clayton-Jones: I'd love to be able to speak to animals. It would be amazing. I think it would be fascinating. I speak to my two cats all the time - they never answer me and it disappoints me every time so I’d love that!

Miss Perkins: Speak to animals because if you wanted to speak a language you could learn it, also knowing every language could be useless if you never go to those places..

Ms Jenkins: I’d rather speak to animals so that I could talk to my cat.


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