Reading and Literacy


Strong and effective communication and literacy skills are fundamental to improving learning and raising standards across the curriculum. At The Regis School we place strong emphasis on developing these essential skills to ensure that our students are well prepared to be successful in examinations and life after school, be that Higher Education, work or continued training. All students 'Read To Succeed' every day for 15 minutes where they are encouraged to read in silence for pleasure.


Literacy unlocks the curriculum for students and provides a foundation for excellence in all subjects.  We believe that a whole-school approach to literacy is essential to support our students in developing key skills which enable them to make excellent progress in all subjects.

The aims of our literacy strategy are as follows:

  • To enable students to have the skills to be able to achieve 5 good GCSE grades with English and maths;
  • To develop literacy skills to allow all students to access the curriculum;
  • To ensure additional support is provided for students with SEN, EAL or Pupil Premium, as appropriate;
  • To ensure all students have good functional literacy skills to enable them to access documents and literature in the future;
  • To instil a love of reading, which students carry with them throughout their time with us and into the future;
  • For staff from all faculties to take responsibility for raising standards of literacy across the school;

In the academic year 2017-2018, we will be delivering whole school literacy through:

  • Catch-up support for students working significantly below expected standard
  • Literacy in every classroom and every subject
  • Cultivating a whole-school love of reading
  • Catch-up for students working significantly below expected standard:


Students who cannot read read/write proficiently need targeted, additional support to enable them to access the whole curriculum. In year 7, specialist staff support students with reading through programmes such as Accelerated Reader, and assess the progress of individual students using Star Reader. Reading is closely monitored to ensure that all students in year 7 receive additional support where it is needed. 

Literacy in every classroom and every subject:

Why? In the classroom, students will learn subject-specific vocabulary which they will not otherwise encounter.  All students are taught how to produce excellent writing in all subjects, and they will comprehend challenging texts in a range of lessons. We expect high standards of literacy in all written work and provide feedback to students about how they can improve their written work, using classroom resources to support everyone to understand and use grammar and punctuation accurately. 

Cultivating a whole-school love of reading, words and grammar:

Why?  At school, our students encounter books which will enthral, enrich and build cultural capital.   We expect students to read for 15 minutes on four days of the week during a whole School Read to succeed session, and we promote and celebrate World Book Day and other literacy opportunities for our students.    

For further information about literacy at The Regis School please contact Mrs Koutsoukou, Assistant Principal at

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