As a school we always expound the importance of reading to students and families – not just for exams – but also for opening up the wider world and appreciating everything around us. Consequently, our recent Focus Week based on National Story Telling Week saw a whole host of events and promotions of this crucial life skill.

There was a drive on the theme of reading for pleasure as if this can be generated then academic pursuit more easily follows. This saw a ghost story writing competition which was further inspired by a spookily decorated English corridor with Hogwarts style portraits of staff and the like.

Elsewhere, we held a book quiz with prizes and we have Scholastic Book Fair coming into school to give parents the opportunity to buy discounted reading books with and for their children.

Furthermore, there was a themed assembly and related tutor time activities.

Simon Daniels, Head of English, said: “It is clear that reading opens the door to endless opportunities – both within the world of work but more widely for a life of aspiration and experience – so inspiring engaged readers is a high priority in our school. We are always pushing this message – through our various reading programmes, parent sessions, subject areas and other events – but it was great to have a dedicated week where we could remind students of the joys and pleasures of reading.”