Literacy is the medium of instruction for most subjects.
It is therefore essential that students have the required skills to discuss fluently, to read a wide variety of texts, to write effectively and with correct grammar on a range of topics, using the appropriate style for the task in hand.
It is our aim to ensure our students become fluent and perceptive readers who write intelligently and with creativity, as these Literacy skills are needed across the curriculum not just in English lessons. The whole school termly literacy focus is implemented in every lesson to embed our vision.
In order to achieve this we implement a daily Literacy opportunity in tutor times where strong emphasis is placed on reading, writing and the acquisition of speaking and listening skills. In addition, DEAR (DROP EVERYTHING AND READ) time takes place at the beginning of period 4 every school day, except on Friday when our KS3 students have ESCAPE time. Everyone Sit Comfortably And Prepare Ears, is for Year 7, 8 and 9 groups where the teacher and class decide on a book together that the teacher reads to their class during this time. Daily paired reading is also provided by trained reading tutors for selected students.
Reading Book List (updated November 2017)
“The more you read the more things you will know. The more that you learn the more places you will go” Dr Suess
Please click here for some top tips on successful reading.
We also have Literacy Handbook which can be viewed by clicking on its link.
Our Library consists of nearly 4000 books to provide stimulating resources for our students. New stock is regularly added and suggestions for new resources are acted upon.
The Library is open from 8.30 am until 8.45 am and from 2.30 to 3.00 pm, every day. Its purpose is to :
• support the curriculum
• encourage use of the library
• support and develop literacy skills
We use Accelerated Reader to :
• Assess a student's reading level
• Recommend reading books at the appropriate level
• Assess a student’s comprehension of a reading book once completed
The login page for those in the Accelerated Reader programme can be found by clicking on the link below :
To find a the Accelerated Reader level of a book, please use :