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Copleston High School

Why Literacy Matters

“Literacy is not a luxury, it is a right and a responsibility. If our world is to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century we must harness the energy and creativity of all our citizens”

President Clinton, International Literacy day, September 8th 1994

At Copleston High School we are working hard to promote our students’ literacy and ensure they all achieve to the very best of their ability. Literacy matters in every subject in which your child reads, writes and expresses ideas verbally.

Did you know?

  • More than a quarter of 8 to 16 year olds have read more than 1 book in the last month.
  • Nearly 1 in 7 students aged 8 to 16 rarely or never read outside of class.
  • Only 1 in 4 say that their parents care if they spend time reading.
  • Less than half of children and young people enjoy writing.
  • The average reading age of 14-16 year olds is 10 years 7 months, but the average reading age of a GCSE exam paper is 15 years 7 months.

We all owe it to our children to give them the very best literacy skills, in order to improve their chances in life and to enable them to succeed in whatever path they choose. We will all be working hard to support your child’s literacy development in all subjects and we would welcome any time that you can devote to this at home.

All students in Years 7-9 have the opportunity to make use of the school library during an English lesson at least once a fortnight. During this lesson, students are encouraged to develop their reading, both fiction and non-fiction.

On these pages you will find a selection of information and resources that will help you to support your child.  The link here also takes you to a fantastic collection of E-books 

What is the School’s Literacy Policy?

At Copleston we have an established Literacy Policy.

Literacy Policy

How is work marked for Literacy at Copleston?

A quick reference guide to the Copleston Marking Code used in English and in other subjects across the school.

Copleston Marking Code

How can we help students?

There are a number of ways in which we can all help and support students with their literacy.


Reading Aloud

Ten Top Tips - Help your child to Read

Accelerated Reader - A Guide for Parents


Ten Top Tips - Help your child to Spell

Interventions offered in school

These documents summarise the skills and abilities in reading, writing and speaking and listening that children at each English level should have, and suggest how you can help them to progress further.

Students at Level 3

Students at Level 4

Students at Level 5

Students at Level 6

Students at Level 7

Students at Level 8 (Exceptional performance)