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and glorify your Father who is in heaven.’ (Matthew 5:16)

Reading at Tenison's

Archbishop Tenison are a reading school. We aim for all our students to read at and beyond their Chronological Reading Age. Our students have a love for reading and we want this to grow even more. In line with our school value of Hope, we want to: “Give all our children hope for a future”

Key Stage 3

All students at KS3 are tested using Accelerated Reader on entry.  Students are tested termly on their Reading age using Accelerated reader. Reading reports are sent home as a consequence. Students in Year 7 take part in the whole class reading as part of the tutor programme. Termly reading canons are distributed for students and books added to the school library with the use of pupil voice. All students experience the 'ATS5' as part of the school reading strategy which is threaded though the curriculum. As part of the 'ATS5', all classrooms have Tier 3 words on the wall in their classroom and correct them as part of the marking literacy strategy. Students who are below chronological reading age have weekly reading intervention using Pearson Rapid Plus. Students who have a reading age of below 9 years old have a weekly phonics intervention using Pearson Rapid Phonics. All students have their reading age on the inside of their books across the curriculum.

Key Stage 4

Students in Year 10 who remain a concern with reading age moving from year 9 to year 10 continue to get a reading intervention once a week. These students also additionally receive phonics intervention if needed. All students in KS4 experience the 'ATS5' as part of the school reading strategy which is threaded though the curriculum. Chronological Reading Ages are used by the SENCO to help inform access arrangements. The focus on Tier 3 language is about spell, know, understand. Our department leads have been trained by the reading lead to understand the difference between Tier 2 and 3 language, and to understand how this language can be used in both exam questions and answers. Year 11 have access to revision guides in the library to help them read for revision.

Our Library

Students are encouraged to use the library at lunchtime and after school. The library also runs a debate club and a chess club. When staff set home learning linked to reading, let the librarian know and resources are prepared for the students to use. 

Parental Engagement

A termly newsletter is sent home to parents about reading at ATS written by the reading lead. Termly reports sent home informing parents about their child’s chronological reading age and celebrating their successes.

Celebrating our readers

We celebrate World Book Day, World Story telling Day, Roald Dahl Day and National Poetry Day

Students are encouraged to take part in the Summer Reading challenge and Summer reading interventions that are held every August for students in KS3 who require support.

Students are celebrated for making progress against their Reading age, taking part in whole school reading events, through the school reward and award system.

How we monitor reading at Tenison's




Accelerated Reader

Students in Year 7, 8 9 use Accelerated Star reader tests to monitor progress towards CRA. Star reader tests happen termly. Students are rewarded for the progress that they make towards their reading age. Reports are sent home to parents and all students who have made 4 months or more progress are celebrated in assembly.


Star reader Tests

Rewards linked to Tenison’s rewards system and Tenison’s Award, certificates and reports sent home

Monthly log of rewards given for reading.

Log on Arbor

Reading intervention

Students on the Intervention and Urgent Intervention List have weekly reading interventions with a member of the reading team. Students under the age of 9 years old have weekly phonics interventions.

Students who are SEND or EAL: SENCO and EAL teacher is made aware, and action is taken about whether reading needs to be a priority on student profile. EAL teacher to ensure students with low CRA are part of the weekly EAL lessons. EAL students also use Flash Academy as an additional intervention tool.

Observation of interventions (see appendix)

Star reading tests measure progress. NF to produce reports on a termly basis

Reading provision map which includes demographics of students is available to the reading team on Teams. 

Flash academy monitored by EM


The library is open before school, at lunch and after school.

Heads of Department can book library lessons

Heads of Department to audit of what is in the library for their subjects

Daily lists are kept of the students who attend and recorded on the provision map. Monthly review by reading lead to audit students attending and plan to attract other students.

Student voice half termly to get feedback on reading and library use.

Attendance of usage of library from subjects will be recorded through library visits booked on provision map. Reading lead to monitor and meet with HOD, who do not make use.


Workshops linked to GCSE texts or KS3 reading such as National Poetry Day and World Book Day

Author and Poet workshops held in 22/23

HOF to also take a lead on this, particularly HOF English

Student Voice


Reading competitions

Regular competitions held to celebrate and encourage reading led by Reading champion KS

Monitor winners

Monitor engagement

Key words sent home to parents

Reading canons sent home to parents

Key word lists sent to parents in September by NF, who will consult HOD for each Year group.

Reading canon sent home to parents at the beginning of each term – NF

Lists sent – first list to be sent in January

Reading canons sent home termly

Library has copies of key words lists and canons

Reading in Tutor Time

As part of the tutor programme, whole class reading takes place on one day of the week. Each form has a reading book.

Teachers use ATS5 as part of class reading book tutor time lesson.

Students to use reading rulers as part of tutor reading programme and in lessons when reading takes place. Teachers to have reading rulers as part of their classroom equipment and to take responsibility for looking after them

Tutor time Drop Ins by NF will take place as part of QA cycle

Student voice


Disciplinary language

In Years 9-11 teachers include disciplinary language as part of their lessons and assessments and build on an understanding between tier 2 and tier 3 language.

Book looks and lesson observations

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