Reading for pleasure

A significant amount of research from around the world suggests that reading for pleasure can raise literacy standards and help support student progress. As a school, we take every opportunity to promote reading for pleasure. This includes:

  • Dedicated reading time, during mentor time
    Every week, we use one of our mentor sessions for dedicated reading time: Students in Years 7-8 are able to read books of their choice and students in years 9-10 enjoy whole class reading, of a set text of their own choosing, with discussion based on Reciprocal Reading principles (a research-based comprehension technique that has enjoyed over 30 years of success in dramatically improving reading comprehension).
  • Library lessons
    Students in year 7-8 have lessons in the library every 2 weeks. This time is dedicated to reading, choosing new books, completing Accelerated Reader Quizzes (see below) and discussing books.
  • ‘Drop Everything and Read’
    Students in year 7-8 have 20 minutes of dedicated reading time every day.
  • Celebrating days such as World Book Day and National Poetry Day
    This year, world book day was celebrated with a number of activities including: staff and students dressing up as their favourite characters; online author/illustrator presentations delivered in the library; quizzes and competitions and book-related games during Mentor time.
  • Author visits
    Last year, Year 7-8 enjoyed a visit from Tony Lee: author of many comics, novels and plays including storylines for Dr Who, Star Trek and more. Tony delivered a very engaging talk, aimed at helping reluctant readers and ran writers’ workshops. This will continue once Covid restrictions are no longer in place.
  • Accelerated Reader, Eclipse and Sora (see linked page access details and instructions)
    Every student in Years 7 & 8 is enrolled in the Accelerated Reader programme, designed to boost both engagement and achievement in reading and comprehension. You can find out more information about this fantastic program by clicking here.

    All students are able to use Eclipse online and the iMLS app to browse our Library's book collection and reserve books. Students in year 7 can collect these directly from the Library and students in all other years currently have reserved books delivered to and collected from their bubbles.

    All students also have access to the Sora app. This enables them to borrow, download and read ebooks and audiobooks from Secondary eBooks now via OverDrive.
  • Book club
    To encourage a lifelong love of reading, the Library also holds a weekly book club where students can share their reading experiences and explore new titles and authors. 
  • Book lists and extracts
    We regularly provide and update our lists of recommended reading to include new titles and books suggested by a variety of different focus groups. For reading inspiration, why not take a look at these recommended reads?

    We have also provided students with a large collection of extracts (many of which are recommended by the organisers of World Book Day) so that they can explore new titles and get a taste of different books and authors before choosing the whole novel.

Here is an example of our extract book: