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At CCA we view the continued development of our students’ literacy skills as vitally important and all staff are required to include the explicit teaching of Literacy within their own curriculum area. There are also a number of additional programmes in place which are designed to support students in developing their skills in Reading, Writing and communication.  All students in years 7 & 8, along with their teachers, take part in a

daily, 20-minutes Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) session and the majority also have one full lesson a week working on the ‘Accelerated Reader’ programme.  Students in these Year groups who are reading at a level that is more than twelve months below their chronological age also take part in Reading intervention sessions during tutor time, when they read and quiz with Sixth Form reading partners.


Our aim this year is to promote a culture of wider reading across the whole spectrum of the Academy Community; a calendar of events is being developed to allow students, staff and parents the opportunity to become involved. Our Learning Resource Centre has been completely refurbished over the Summer holidays, and now provides students with an exciting and stimulating environment in which to read and study, using a mixture of conventional written texts, computers and other technologically advanced equipment such as audio books and Kindles.

We are currently piloting the introduction of an additional reading intervention programme, Thinking Reading, which we are using to enhance the reading skills of our year 10 students as they begin their crucial GCSE programmes of study. Once the programme has been evaluated, it is our intention to expand it to include an additional cohort of year 9 students, ensuring that every student in years 7-10 has the opportunity to be able to read at a level guaranteed to ensure them success in their studies across the curriculum.

For the second year running, year 7 will be taking part in a Literacy project designed to ensure that their writing levels do not dip as they make the important transition from Primary to Secondary school. This will

encompass every curriculum area and, if successful, will be extended for the remainder of their first year at the Academy and then beyond into Years 8 & 9.

Finally, the Year 7 Pastoral team will be running a series of writing challenges, the first of which will take place this half term.  All students in year 7 well be encouraged to get involved and there will be some wonderful prizes on offer as well as giving the students the chance to improve the accuracy and fluency of their writing.

CCA Book Reviews


Despite the tumour-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heart-breaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

Book of the month

When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing his entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him - after all, he is the last remaining member of the family

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