“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society … Literacy is the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential.” Kofi Annan, formerly Secretary-General of the United Nations

A real focus on literacy

It has been proved time and again that proficiency in reading, writing, comprehension and spelling are essential to being a successful learner.

We believe that these skills are so important that we have specifically designed the curriculum to ensure that there is a regular and sustained focus on literacy – something quite unusual in a secondary school.
  • Literacy is taught to all students for a minimum of two hours a week, organised as four sessions of 30 minutes each.
  • Students are organised in ability groups and focus on handwriting, spelling and grammar.
  • Students with lower ability in literacy have an additional four hours - six hours a week in total. These sessions are supported by an external literacy specialist.
  • Certain students are identified for extra support in particular areas such as handwriting, de-coding, reading, comprehension, speech and language skills. They receive extra targeted sessions delivered by a Learning Mentor.

“People don't realize how a man's whole life can be changed by one book.” Malcolm X, human rights activist