Pupils at South Shore Academy spent one of their first English lessons visiting the neighbouring Palatine Library. All students in years 7 and 8 become members of the library and visit each week to change their books and read for pleasure. Students who have English as an additional language can also find books which will help them progress. Reading is a major focus for the academy and for twenty minutes each week silence descends as all pupils and staff enjoy reading together.
Head of English Emma Greenwood commented. ‘Research shows that teenagers who enjoy reading achieve higher grades academically in all their subjects. We believe that the promotion of reading contributed to the increase of almost 20% in our English grades this year.’