Our duty is to develop pupils into becoming confident readers, writers, speakers and listeners, who value these life skills and strive to improve them.  We recognise that it is the responsibility of all staff from all subject areas to teach literacy skills such as reading, writing, speaking and listening and that literacy is integral to all subjects.  

 In order to raise the profile of literacy across the curriculum, to support pupils with their learning and to raise standards across the curriculum, there are three ‘literacy’ expectations of all pupils at all times:

 1. To be reading a book which is (at all times) in their possession, from either their Accelerated Reader course and/or the current Classics Academy Reading List.

2. To speak in full and complete sentences (when appropriate) in our academy environment, refraining from using slang in the classroom environment.

3. To listen attentively by 'tracking,' the speaker/teacher throughout all of their learning experiences at the academy.

 During the academy day, pupils are expected to complete literacy learning tasks such as: reading in silence; reading aloud; discussing their reading and completing a reading log.  Teachers from all subjects are required to model reading aloud and reading in silence, facilitate class discussion and check reading logs.  It is expected that pupils will read for at least 30 minutes each evening at home or in the academy library. It is also expected that parents/carers support the academy and their own children with all of our literacy expectations, especially with reading at home.


Our ‘Classics’ reading programme gives access to the best books, improves reading ability and opens up the wider world of literature and ensuing ideas to our pupils.

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll



The Railway Children

E. Nesbit


A Christmas Carol


Charles Dickens
*GCSE Text



Peter Pan

J.M Barrie


Five Children and It

E. Nesbit


Oliver Twist
Charles Dickens



The Wind in the Willows

Kenneth Grahame



Black Beauty

Anna Sewell


Gothic Short Stories

Edgar Allan Poe


White Fang

Jack London


Jekyll and Hyde
Robert Louis Stevenson



The Coral Island

JM Bannatyne


The Jungle Book

Rudyard Kipling


Treasure Island
Robert Louis Stevenson



Lord of the Flies
William Golding


*GCSE Text


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

L. Frank Baum


The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett


Little Women

Louisa May Alcott