Reading: meet our Reading Champions

We are currently preparing to participate in the National Literacy Trust’s competition, Reading Champions. A team of Year 7 students have gathered to celebrate their love for reading and are currently in training to prepare for the competition in March. Our team from last year (who won ‘Best Newcomers’) will be competing for the second year running and they are using their expertise from last year to support our newest team.


"Not only does a love of reading and writing enable children to flourish at school, but we now also know it can play a vital role in supporting children to lead happy and healthy lives."

Jonathan Douglas - Director of the National Literacy Trust

Reading: reading for pleasure in Starbooks

We are very lucky that in our school community, we have a reading café – Starbooks. Students are welcome to use the café before school, during breaks and lunch time, and after school. Students are rewarded for their ‘loyalty’ to reading by receiving stamps for their reading commitments. In return for six stamps, students are invited to enjoy their book with a free hot drink! We welcome all students to participate – Mrs Gumbley always has the drinks machine ready for you to enjoy! We place emphasis on a commitment to reading for pleasure for the positive impact that this has on reading across the curriculum and for pleasure. We look forward to rewarding your loyalty soon.


""Children should learn that reading is pleasure, not just something that teachers make you do in school.""

Beverly Cleary - Author

Writing: Our work with Amina Atiq and The National Literacy Trust - The Power of Voice

During the summer term, we had the privilege to host Amina Atiq @AminaAtiqArtist in our school. Amina is a poet, performance artist and creative campaigner, passionate about nurturing the voices in young people. In collaboration with The National Literacy Trust, Amina started working on a project with some of our Year 7 and Year 8 students called ‘The Power of Voice.’ We are very excited to have received the publication and we can’t wait to share some of their work with you.


""...not afraid to stand - to voice our injustices. We don't stand by it. We never will...""

Amina Atiq - My Northern Skyline

Reading: World Book Day 2023

World Book Day 2023 was a wonderful celebration of reading in our school. We joined together to participate in a range of activities. We wore fancy dress, decorated our classroom doors, participated in a sponsored readathon, hunted for literary clues, guessed The Masked Reader and simply enjoyed reading together. Well done to everybody for their enthusiasm and involvement on the day!

Parent Reading Leaflet

If you would like to claim a free book as part of this year’s celebrations, please present this token at a participating retailer: