Interventions are available for all year groups and are run by our friendly and encouraging English Teaching Assistant and Learning Support Staff
All Year 7 Tutor Groups are invited to visit the library during morning registration every Friday on a rota.
Year 7 students, who are finding reading difficult or who are not enjoying reading, are paired with an enthusiastic older reader. The aim is to help the younger student to:
Year 7 students compile a Reading Log to record their reading and any tasks they complete. At the end of the Summer Term, all of the Year 7 and their buddies are awarded certificates to celebrate their achievements. For the mentors this means that they have demonstrated maturity, responsibility and have been supportive and inspirational to their younger reading partners.
This scheme ensures that all Year 7 students choose a book from a choice of 12 to keep in the first term. The aim of this is to:
Reading Award Scheme
Designed to help students explore a range of books across a wide range of different genres, the Reading Award Scheme has been hugely popular. All Year 7 students are given a Bronze Reading Award booklet at the start of the year, after their introduction to the school library, which contains tasks to complete that will encourage them to reflect upon what they have read and a final extended task, which can be uploaded to the internet to create an online gallery of student feedback on the books they have read. All the tasks contribute towards the school’s STRIPES Award scheme.
Most Year 7 students complete the Bronze Award in their first year and many will also achieve the Silver Award during Key Stage 3.
Year 9 homework scheme focusing on reading classic literature, run in collaboration with the English Department. All reading based English homework for Years 7, 8 and 9 is run by Mrs Wheeler
“Reading for pleasure is even more important than social class in determining academic success.”
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)