Hartlepool Sixth Form College

English students visit Whitby

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A-Level English literature and language students recently visited Whitby to help prepare them for an upcoming exam.

The literature students were set ‘The Whitby Challenge’ to hunt down and photograph the key, named settings of the novel ‘Dracula’. English Language students were tasked with tracing how language has changed from the Victorian period to the present day by analysing the inscriptions on gravestones.

The visit helped the students to visualise the main setting of the novel ‘Dracula’ to help prepare them for their upcoming exam where Dracula is the main exam text.

Lindsey Tennant-Williams Hartlepool Sixth Form English Literature Lecturer said: “The students were fantastic. They were set the challenge of finding ten key settings within Whitby that Bram Stoker used to create his terrifying novel, from the train station, to the whalebone, to St Mary’s Church and the gravestones. We are now going to read Chapters 6-8 that are heavily based around these settings.”

Shauna Winspear and Amy Lupton, A-Level English Literature students added: “The Whitby trip gave us a good portrayal of the scenes within the novel. We now have a deeper understanding of the layout of the town and its surroundings and how Stoker used them in his text. It was a great day.”

Andrew Rimmer of FutureMe continued: “The FutureMe team were delighted to be able to support these students in their trip to Whitby, giving them the chance to explore the town that inspired Bram Stoker to write Dracula. We hope this will have helped to raise student aspirations and look forward to seeing these students progress on to great things in the world of literature!”

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