Reading for Pleasure

At Cardinal Heenan we believe in encouraging our students to read for pleasure and develop a lifelong love of reading. Research shows the importance of reading in terms of educational and personal development: "Children who read for pleasure are likely to do significantly better at school than their peers" (IOE research).

There is a clear link between pupils' reading habits and their achievements across their subjects, including Maths and Science. provides recommended book lists for each year group. Click this image to view them:

World Book Day - Thursday 2nd March 2017

Read About Famous Writers from Liverpool

BBC #LovetoRead: Celebrating the pleasures of reading

Book Recommendations

Liverpool’s Central Library link:

Link to West Derby’s library:

Link to register with ‘Read Liverpool’ to access FREE online books! This is available to children and adults in the city:

Click here to find book recommendations from Liverpool’s ‘City of Readers’

Click here for advice on how to encourage your son to read for pleasure:

The ‘Blue Peter Book Awards 2016’

Book recommendations for reluctant readers:

100 best books for 12 – 14 year olds:

Reading Extracts

Reading Café

Here are some comments from parents who attended our recent 'Reading Café'

"My son and I read '1001 Animal Facts' which was brilliant. I read 'Teachers' Jokes for Kids' which was really funny. We had a good time and a good chat with the teacher." Parent of a year 7 pupil.

"We enjoyed reading 'Shakespeare made easy' The teacher was really helpful." Parent of a year 7 pupil.

Cardinal Heenan’s DEAR day (Drop Everything And Read)

Find out more about what we did to celebrate World Book Day 2016 in this presentation about our Drop Everything and Read day.

We had another successful 'Drop Everything And Read' (DEAR) day on Thursday 28 April 2016

Advice for Parents

Liverpool's "City of Readers" also offers advice on how to encourage your son to read for pleasure:

Reading Calendar of Events and Important Dates:

Monthly Activities:

March 2016

  • 3.03.16: ‘World Book Day’
  • Whole school ‘Drop Everything and Read’ (DEAR) day

April 2016

  • 28 April - ‘DEAR’ day
  • William Shakespeare’s Anniversary: Design a poster to commemorate 400 years since William Shakespeare’s death
  • ‘Story scene in a shoe box’ competition. Design a scene from your favourite book; it must be no bigger than the size of a shoe box!

May 2016

  • National Share-A-Story Month – Staff to share their favourite childhood reads
  • May is 'National Share a Story Month'. Here at Cardinal Heenan our staff have shared their favourite reads with pupils:

June 2016

  • June: Reading Café for years 7 & 8
  • 24.06.16 – ‘DEAR’ day/Guinness World Record attempt

July 2016

  • July: Reading Café for years 7 & 8 and Scholastic book fair W/C 4 July
  • 07.07.16 - ‘DEAR’ day
  • Activities celebrating favourite childhood reads – link to 150 years since the birth of Beatrix Potter (her birthday: 28 July, 1866) and 100 years in September of Roald Dahl (BFG)
  • Summer holidays - the ‘Summer Reading Challenge’ is 'The Big Friendly Read'.

August 2016

  • Summer holidays ‘Summer Reading Challenge’. Read 6 books from your local library.

September 2016

October 2016

Drop Everything And Read Day (19th October 2016)

March 2017

World Book Day: Thursday 2 March

Throughout the year, there will be additional 'DEAR' days held to continue to celebrate and promote reading.

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