Developing literacy skills of our students

Developing effective literacy skills is a key focus of our school. Literacy is taught and developed across every subject area, and encompasses the skills of reading, writing and speaking and listening. Greater emphasis has now been placed on the quality of pupils' written responses in their formal examinations and indeed beyond the classroom itself.

Here you will find some useful resources and links:

Working with our Feeder Primaries: Literacy Transition Work, Key Stage 2–3

During the 2015 Autumn Term we ran a series of successful literacy workshops at St Sebastian’s primary school.

Word of the Week

Each week in school, we have a whole school literacy focus on a particular theme and a ‘Word of the Week’. You can see the latest literacy focus and featured word here.

Improve your literacy

Here are two workbooks to help with some of the key learning points to improve writing and spelling:

(The files are quite large, about 3MB).

Helping your Son

Here are two short documents that we hope you find useful when helping your son with his spelling:

Reading for Pleasure

We have created a new page on this website to encourage your son to read for pleasure, which features book recommendations, advice for parents and information about competitions. You can view the page here:

Kindle Club

Kindle Club is held every Tuesday for pupils in years 7, 8 and 9. We aim to encourage reading and develop a culture where pupils read for enjoyment and interest.

Bible Quote

“Praise the Lord because he is good.  His faithful love will last forever.”
Psalm 136:1

Word of the Week

Pandemic (noun)

Subject which uses this term: Science, Geography

Meaning: An epidemic that sweeps across continents or the whole world.

For example: "Scientists are working hard to ensure the world does not see another viral pandemic."

Thought for the Week


"Don't be afraid! I am here with good news for you, which will bring great joy to all the people."

2017-18 Options Booklet

Year 7 Prospectus

Year 7 Parents' Handbook

Sixth Form Prospectus

Sixth Form Outlines