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Reading Support

“A word after a word after a word is power.” – Margaret Atwood

Reading regularly is not just important for a child to do well in English but is vital for them to succeed throughout their schooling and is a key life skill. As a school we are passionate about reading for pleasure and progress and we provide an extensive range of opportunities across the curriculum and throughout the school year for students to improve their reading skills and to encourage and nurture their love of literature.

“The more you read, the more you’ll know, the more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr Seuss

Whole School Reading Strategy - Control the Game

  • Daily reading in DEAR which includes a combination of whole class shared reading of fiction and non-fiction, and independent reading for pleasure
  • Weekly Library Lessons for all Year 7 students
  • Biweekly Library Lessons for all Year 8 and 9 students
  • Accelerated Reader for Year 7 Students
  • Reading Age Tests 3 times per year

Other Initiatives -

  • Weekly Book Club for KS3
  • Regular Virtual Author Visits
  • Regular competitions
  • World Book Day Celebrations
  • Readathon

We recognise that some students will arrive at our school with below expected levels in reading and we work hard to establish the causes of these gaps. Once established, we work with all parties to provide a suitable reading intervention programme, such as Lexia, Lexonik and Amber Reading Programme.


We celebrate World Book Day because we value the importance of reading for pleasure, and we support the charity's mission to change lives through a love of books and reading. World Book Day was on Thursday 7th March, and as part of our commitment to encouraging all students to love reading, we hosted a number of events throughout the week Monday 4th March to Friday 8th March.

The theme for our World Book Week was: Myths, Legends and Odysseys. We celebrated the ancient journeys of Ancient Greeks and characters from other legends, as well as the individual journeys of our staff and students.

World Book Week Activities included:

  • Year 7 World Book Day Costume Competition – Thursday 7th March.
  • Readathon (sponsorship optional)
  • Book Review Competition
  • Writing Competition
  • Guess the Character Competition (Staff Dress Up)
  • Best Book Cover Re-imagined Competition
  • Guess the Masked Reader! Competition
  • Design a Bookmark Competition
  • Virtual Author Visit

Please see the links below for our KS3 and KS4 Reading Lists -

KS3 Reading List

KS4 Reading List

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