Looking at the meaning of the word, Literacy, it is obvious how important it is that all students leave school with the ability to do this. Therefore, it is vital that our students are encouraged both in the classroom and out, to engage with the world through reading and writing. We want our students to be able to articulate their ideas and not feel inadequate but more importantly we want them to enjoy the written word.
Across the school, all subjects are constantly sharing good practice to teach these skills in their lesson. We also aim to inspire them through a range of extracurricular activities.
- Reading is encouraged in form time. Students bring a book once a week so that they can read and share the books they enjoy.
- Linked to this in lower school is a Reading Challenge programme in which students complete a given range of tasks based on a selection of books, comics and magazines they read. Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates are awarded.
- Young writers (11-16) are encouraged to enter competitions. These are run nationally and prizes range from iPads to kindles to book vouchers.
- We also organise a range of workshops, in which visiting speakers and groups come in to work with the students in a fun and innovative way, which helps to engage them in the learning of subjects like Shakespeare and poetry.
- To support opportunities for students to engage in conversation, discussion and questioning a ‘Debate Club’ meets on a weekly basis: discussing current affairs and topics chosen by them.
- Additional English support and revision sessions are available after school for year 10 and 11 students as they work towards their GCSE examinations.