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Task 1 GT Letter  

This task 1 GT letter of complaint is to the head of a school about the noise made by children using a local recreation ground via the school.

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Make sure you address the three bullet points and expand on each point.

Task 1 GT Letter: Complaint to a School Head

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You live near a recreation ground. A local school often brings pupils to the recreation ground to do sports, such as football and cricket, but recently this has caused some problems.

Write a letter to the head of the school. In your letter:

  • explain why you enjoy living by the recreation ground
  • describe the recent problems at the recreation ground
  • say what you think the school should do

Write at least 150 words

You do NOT need to write any addresses

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Sir or Madam, 

Task 1 GT Letter

Dear Sir or Madam,

I live at 25 Crescent Avenue, across the street from the main entrance to Deer Park where the students of your school often have sports practice and matches. I’m writing to make you aware of an issue that I have noticed with the last few school groups that have visited.

Having lived by this park for the past 10 years, I’ve so enjoyed having access to safe, clean natural environments where my children can play, and our dogs can stretch their legs. The preservation of green spaces around the city is so important, and I’m glad to see groups of children enjoying the space as your students do.

Unfortunately, I have noticed that for the past few weeks, after the school buses leave at the end of the matches, there is a large amount of litter left lying around the sports fields. This includes the packaging from their prepacked meals, as well as water bottles, and sweets wrappers.

I would like to see the children continue to use the grounds, so perhaps the school could put a few large bins in around the sports fields, in addition to the ones the park has provided, as these don’t seem to be large enough for the number of students.

I look forward to seeing the school take action that allows the continued use of the grounds for their students, as well as the preservation of our beautiful green spaces.

Kind regards,

Mary Robbins

(245 Words)


Task Achievement

The Task 1 GT Letter has achieved the task as it addresses the points required and expands on each one with extra information that is relevant to each point.

The purpose of the letter is made very clear in the first paragraph. The.tone of the letter is also very good - it's clearly making a complaint yet it is kept polite. 

Coherence and Cohesion

It's well-organised and logical. Each paragraph has a clear topic and the sentences are linked together coherently.

Lexical Resource and Grammar

Grammar and vocabulary is accurate and there are good examples of language and grammar of a high level. For instance, the writer could have said:

  • Because I've lived by this park for the past 10 years, I've so enjoyed...

But instead uses a particle clause:

  • Having lived by this park for the past 10 years, I’ve so enjoyed...

There are other examples of similarly high-level grammar.

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