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Copleston High School

"Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing" Harper Lee


Reading is the golden thread that needs to be recognised, harnessed and embraced. Reading is essential to access the curriculum but perhaps even more importantly reading provides a form of escape and inspiration. Reading can also raise self-esteem and increase life expectancy as well as offer greater life choices. According to the National Literacy Trust "Children who enjoy reading and writing are happier with their lives."

Reading at Copleston starts at the beginning of the day where students may read an article from First News and discuss it, or may read some inspirational quotes and be inspired during form time. The Form Time Activities programme currently has one morning each weekend as a dedicated slot for private reading. Students in Year 7 are reading a book with their form tutors as part of a Book Trust scheme. Year 8 will also be embarking on a Readathon in the final summer half term, to help promote reading as well as try and win a prize!  

Then as the student goes through their day they will see posters celebrating reading and quotes that will continue to motivate and encourage them to enjoy reading. We also endeavour to challenge students to keep up 20-30 minutes of private reading at home as we know this helps develop their vocabulary and understanding of the world. Students in KS3 English lessons will spend time during lessons in the Learning Resource Centre and will have opportunities to write book reviews, enter Book MasterMind competitions or attend visiting authors who frequently come to deliver workshops.

Reading in the Curriculum

Each subject will teach key words and how to read and understand them, as well as see their links across subjects. Reading materials may be challenging but teachers know the importance of reading and this can open opportunities- not only as success in subjects but also as a form of character building and developing confidence. Individual subjects may publish reading lists or add suggested reading onto Satchel. Students will also see recommended reading as part of their SuperCurriuculum documents in each subject which will involve articles, novels or extracts from important works. These will help to broaden the student's mind and offer them more knowledge. Evidence suggests that reading for pleasure leads to increased attainment. Clark and DeZoya (2011) found a significant positive relationship between enjoyment and attainment indicating that pupils who read more are also better readers. Children who read books often at age 10 and more than once a week at age 16 gain higher results in maths, vocabulary and spelling tests at age 16 than those who read less regularly.

Reading at Home

Reading can provide comfort and support when you are at home- even a form of escapism and privacy. As Marcus Rashford (Manchester United and England footballer) said himself "There were times where the escapism of reading could have really helped me."  Reading may provide some answers in a hectic life. Reading is a good source of positivity...

  • An online poll of over four thousand people from a representative sample in the UK revealed that regular readers for pleasure reported fewer feelings of stress and depression than non-readers, and stronger feelings of relaxation from reading than from watching television or engaging with technology intensive activities. 28
  • Studies have shown that those who read for pleasure have higher levels of self-esteem and a greater ability to cope with difficult situations. Reading for pleasure was also associated with better sleeping patterns. 29
  • Adults who read for just 30 minutes a week are 20% more likely to report greater life satisfaction.


Please click below for suggested reading materials. In addition, visit the school's Learning Resource Centre and web page where you can choose from hundreds of novels, fiction and non-fiction works. We also provide links to several E-Books and recommend Podcasts and audio books if you prefer. Have a look here Reading Suggestions for Teenagers for more ideas and what to pick. Or click here More ideas about reading where you will find age related materials and advice. For free E-books you can look here E-book links

If you want inspiration start with these suggestions of books you MUST read: 

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. 
  • The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas. 
  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. 
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. 
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

...and try these before you leave school Books to read before reaching 18