‘Literacy is important because it enables pupils to gain access to the subjects studied in school: to read for information and pleasure; and to communicate effectively. Poor levels of literacy impact negatively on what pupils can do and how they see themselves.’

Source: HMI 1997

St Bonaventure’s is a Reading School.

ALL students should have their own reading book and should bring this to school with them every day.  Once per week all students have the opportunity to read that little bit longer during an extended reading registration, starting at 8.45am and finishing at 9.05am.

Monday: Year 9

Tuesday: Year 8

Wednesday: Year 7

Thursday: Year 11

Friday: Year 10

  • Is your son not sure what to read? Choose from a list of books recommended by subject teachers in your KS3 or KS4 Wider Reading List. Email or contact the school for your copy.
  • is an excellent website for downloading the opening chapters of books for free.
  • Practice makes perfect! Try setting aside a slot of time each week where you and your son read together.
  • Some students will have the opportunity to read to sixth form students in the library every week throughout the autumn term, as part of our Buddy Readers scheme.

St Bonaventure’s Recommended Reading List:

How can your son further improve his Literacy skills outside of the classroom?

  • Share a passion for reading! Join the KS3 Reading Club every Friday lunchtime in the library with Ms Masset.
  • Carnegie book club runs every Thursday lunchtime in the library.
  • For all budding young year 7 writers – join our We Are Writers writing group every Wednesday lunchtime in room 24 with Ms Masset and Ms Parkinson.
  • A Reading Club for 6th Form students runs every Wednesday lunchtime in room 38.
  • Look out for the many Literacy competitions that regularly run up in the library.

How can parents help at home?

Try to read with your child every day; every little helps and reading together may ignite a love of books that could last for life.

For hundreds of additional literacy resources the following websites may be of use:

These include basic literacy skill sheets, English, Maths and Science key words and support kits for parents designed to help you support your child with their learning at home.