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Tutor Reading Programme


Regular reading is vital for raising literacy levels. We run a structured reading programme during form times which aims to expose students to challenging texts that they might not necessarily choose to read for themselves. This helps to broaden their reading experience, raise their vocabulary level, and increase their cultural capital.  

At least three times a week, students in Years 7-11 read the same book as a class with their form tutor. The aim is that over the course of the year they read at least four of the books for their year group listed below, depending on the length of the book. They discuss some of the more challenging vocabulary, as well as using the text as a basis for stimulating discussion of wider issues. 

By the end of the year, students in Years 7 – 10 will have read the ‘Core Four’ books for their year group and might have read some of the bonus books as well.  

Year 7

Core Four 

The Girl of Ink and Stars, Kiran Millwood Hargrave 

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis  

Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson 

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, Joan Aiken 

Bonus Books

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll 

Boy, Roald Dahl 

Black Beauty, Anna Sewell

Clockwork, Philip Pullman 

Year 8 

Core Four 

Dracula, Bram Stoker  

I Am Malala, Malala Yousafzai  

Pygmalion, George Bernard Shaw 

Richard III, William Shakespeare 

Bonus Books 

Sherlock Holmes short stories, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 

Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian 

The Other Side of Truth, Beverley Naidoo 

Northern Lights, Philip Pullman

Year 9 

Core Four 

King Lear, William Shakespeare 

Noughts and Crosses, Malorie Blackman 

The Hound of the Baskervilles, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 

The Crucible, Arthur Miller 

Bonus Books 

Frankenstein, Mary Shelley 

Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck 

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen 

The Picture of Dorian Grey, Oscar Wilde

Year 10 

Core Four 

Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë 

Fasting, Feasting, Anita Desai 

1984, George Orwell 

The Book Thief, Markus Zusak 

Bonus Books 

Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro 

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson 

Year 11 

Nervous Conditions, Tsitsi Dangaremba 

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald 

Animal Farm, George Orwell 

The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas