Literacy and Library


Since September 2019, we have run a year group tutor model which focuses on reading. For twenty minutes, three times per week, students will hear their tutor read a book aloud to them; this means that they will read approximately eight books per year during tutor time.

The books we read are:

Year 7

Wed Wabbit – Lissa Evans
Matilda – Roald Dahl
Wonder – RJ Palacio
I am David – Anne Holm
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time – Mark Haddon
Kit’s Wilderness – David Almond
The Fastest Boy in the World – Elizabeth Laird
The Giver – Lois Lowery
A Kestrel for a Knave – Barry Hines

The Pearl – John Steinbeck

Year 8

Goldfish Boy – Lisa Thompson
Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman
One – Sarah Crossan
Tins – Alex Shearer
How I Live Now – Meg Rosoff
Looking for JJ – Anne Cassidy
Tales of Greek Heroes – Roger Lancelyn Green
Bog Child – Siobhan Dowd
Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson

Mud, Sweat and Tears – Bear Grylls

Year 9

Where the World Ends – Geraldine McCaughrean
The Vanishing of Katerina Linden – Helen Grant
Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
Touching the Void – Joe Simpson
The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
After the Fire – Will Hill
Poet X – Elizabeth Acevedo
A Spark of Light – Jodi Picoult
1984 – George Orwell

Year 10

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult
Saint Death – Marcus Sedgwick
The Seeds of Time – John Wyndham
Shakespeare: The World as a Stage – Bill Bryson
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
I am Malala – Malala Yousafzai
A Long Way Gone – Ishmael Baeh

Year 11

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry – Mildred Taylor
Jamaica Inn – Daphne Du Maurier
The Help – Kathryn Stockett
The Green Mile – Stephen King
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Attwood
Anita and Me – Meera Syal
On Chesil Beach – Ian McEwan
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini


We have a spacious and well-stocked library featuring a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books to suit the tastes of any reader. Students are encouraged to borrow books for enjoyment at home. Our library also boasts a computer suite and students are welcome to use these facilities to support their completion of homework before and after school.

Librarian: Mrs Parsons