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Walking with Woolf

8 June 2021

Year 12 students have been following in the footsteps of one of Virginia Woolf’s most famous characters, Mrs Dalloway, and taking a walk through London.

Our A Level Literature students are currently studying Mrs Dalloway, written by Virginia Woolf and first published in 1925. As part of this work, they left our Palace Street site to follow the path taken by the title character in the celebrated novel. This meant our sixth formers walked through Victoria, came by Buckingham Palace and went through St James’s Park. They then went past St James’s Palace and the Ritz, and then headed north through Bond Street, before returning via Green Park. 

Ms Harper, our Subject Leader, English, explained: “At various intervals on our walk, we stopped and spoke about the sections in the novel where the locations are named and the significance they hold in the story. This activity helped our class to better understand the significance of nature and setting in the text, particularly when looking at the opposing perspectives on different moments in the novel.”

Our Sixth Form’s location, in the heart of London, easily enabled our sixth formers and Ms Harper to follow Mrs Dalloway’s own route around our city, truly bringing to life the locations that she visits. 

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