Academic Reading

One of the keys to success in Sixth Form is reading.  It is essential that students regularly read around their chosen subjects to deepen their understanding of key content, put it into context and understand the real-world applications and developments.  Each subject teacher provides students with an academic reading list containing compulsory reading tasks and additional reading opportunities.  A compulsory reading task is reading that is set each week by a subject teacher and is subsequently used in lesson to debate, discuss or develop understanding of a key topic.  The additional reading list provides a list of suggested books,  journal articles, websites and papers that would boost a student’s knowledge in the subject and support their studies. To emphasise the importance of reading we have also dedicated one mentor session a week to Academic reading.

Reading Widely

In order to widen your cultural capital and prepare you for University Entrance Interviews, it's really important that you read as widely as you can. You should read for 40 minutes every day, some key suggestions are below...

  • Faulks on Fiction: The History of the Novel in 28 Characters – Sebastian Faulks
  • Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
  • Tender is the Night – F Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
  • 1984 – George Orwell
  • The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini * 
  • Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson
  • The Color purple – Alice Walker *  
  • Oranges are not the only fruit – Jeanette Winterson * 
  • Emma – Jane Austen
  • Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  • Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami
  • Antigone – Sophocles
  • Sister Carrie – Theodore Dreiser
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
  • Orlando – Virginia Woolf
  • Middlemarch – George Eliot
  • The Girl with the Pearl Earring - Tracy Chevalier
  • The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  • Spies – Michael Frayn
  • The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
  • The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  • Beloved – Toni Morrison
  • Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys
  • We need to talk about Kevin – Lionel Shriver

Any Pulitzer, Carnegie, Waterstones or Orange Prize for Fiction nominees. Also, take a look at the New York Times bestseller list.

* Potential use of adult themes or language.