Mr Holford's site for English


When I first became an English teacher, I told people that my intention was “to develop in young people the capacity to connect in critical ways and understand more deeply, so that they can discern what matters.” Sounds interesting, but what does it really mean? Still not sure, but I do know that reading and writing are important. I want this site to be a place where my students and I can write about the things we are reading, watching or even hearing.

So, if you are one of my students and have read a book, watched a movie or listened to some new music, tell me about it. Don’t just say whether or not you like it. Try not to be dismissive: ‘this book is rubbish’. Tell me about it. Criticise it if you want, but say why you didn’t like it – why you think it is no good. Feel free to do the opposite too. Quote it, describe it, give us a taste of it.



  1. Hey Mr Holford.
    I watched this movie called “Whodunnit”. Im pretty sure.
    Anyway, I liked it but you always knew what would happen next and someone would die.

    And your website is really cool. 🙂

    From Adelaide Vivers.

    Comment by Adelaide Vivers — March 1, 2011 @ 7:22 pm | Reply

    • Great to see you’ve found this. You’re the first one from 8A this year. Remind me to reward you appropriately! Next time you write, I expect a full review of the film!

      Comment by peterholford — March 1, 2011 @ 8:35 pm | Reply

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