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Reading regularly

Research shows that those who read widely and regularly achieve better outcomes and we encourage everyone to read for at least 20 minutes a day. Sometimes it can be a challenge to find time or a quiet space to read, but we would encourage everyone, of any age, to persevere.  Whether a paperback, hardback, e-book, magazine or newspaper, there are subjects and stories out there for everyone.

Whatever age you are, we hope that you will find books you enjoy on our recommended reading lists below.

'I have recently read 'Girl, Woman, Other' by Bernadine Evaristo. I thought it was a uniquely told, inspiring tale of the lives of twelve women. Evaristo has weaved their stories together in an honest and original narrative which spans across generations. A fantastic read!'  Mrs Voss, English Teacher

Some of the benefits of regularly reading include: 

  • Enhances your imagination
  • Increases ability to empathise
  • Builds vocabulary
  • Boosts knowledge
  • Better writing skills
  • Reduces stress
  • Can help you sleep
  • Memory improvement and better focus.

In 2019 we were delighted to receive a letter and certificate from local charity Read for Good, certifying that we are an Outstanding Readathon School! Our annual sponsored reads, which take place in the library (The PLC) and tie in with World Book Day, are eagerly anticipated by pupils in both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. In March 2020, just prior to lockdown, our Readathons raised over £1,000 for Read for Good, taking our total raised for this worthwhile charity to over £14,000.  Read more...

Our English Faculty has helpfully categorised the reading lists e.g. historical, dystopian, thriller, realistic, coming of age, and more. Download our reading lists and look for inspiration. How many of these books have you read or will you read this year?

ks3 reading list

reading list