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Language and literacy provide us with the building blocks not just for academic success, but for fulfilling careers and rewarding lives.

A primary aim of the school is to improve the reading ages of students and this is actioned primarily through our Reading Period which takes place from Monday to Thursday for 25 minutes each day. During this period students either read independently (a book of their choice of a suitable level of challenge), in small groups supported by their form tutor or Head of Year, or with more intense support from the SEND team.

We are also aiming to improve literacy across the curriculum through an approach known as disciplinary literacy which recognises that literacy skills are both general and subject specific. This emphasises the need for all teachers in every subject to support students with reading, writing and communicating effectively in their curriculum area.

To try and inspire you further, a number of colleagues have also either read part of their favourite books or poems, or shared their thoughts on reading with you.

Hope you enjoy!

Mrs Wright reads the prologue of Noughts & Crosses

Mrs Wright reading Noughts & Crosses

Miss Lambert reading Lord of the Rings

Mr Giblin reading The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Miss Boyce reading Fahrenheit 451

Mrs Smith reading Dulce et Decorum Est. poem

Mr Child reading the first page of his favourite book.

Mr Child with his thoughts on reading.

Recommended Reads

Struggling to find something that interests your child to read? Want to make sure that your child’s independent reading book is challenging enough? Or accessible enough? Looking for some guidance? Then this site will be of use to you, offering appropriate suggestions for each year group:

Recommended books for KS3 & KS4 – children and teens aged 11-16 (schoolreadinglist.co.uk)

St Antony’s KS3 book recommendations can be found here.

St Antony’s KS4 book recommendations can be found here.

Finally, there are lots of free e books in various genres to be found here.

If you still need some help with appropriate reading material, then please email Mrs Harris – a.harris@st-antonys.com – or Mrs Smith – m.smith@st-antonys.com – for more guidance.


National Teen Book Club

St Antony’s is proud to be taking part in a first of a kind programme, bringing together thousands of 14 to 19-year-olds, from hundreds of state schools and colleges, across every corner of the UK, to a shared, virtual book club.

National Teen Book Club is a free UK-wide virtual book club for teenagers launched by Book Clubs in Schools and educational equality charity Speakers for Schools.

Students are taking part in this programme every Wednesday after school. If you haven’t joined up yet, but would be interested in joining, (you must be 14 or above), then please see Mrs Wright.

We love reading at St Antony’s and your teachers and support staff want to share their favourite books with you. Many of these we have in school so please just ask and we’ll lend them out to you.

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