Pleckgate students have found it’s good to talk.

The school have appointed 44 Literacy Leaders in Year 10 and 11 to listen to Year 7 students who need help with their reading. It’s twice a week in form time and the younger students are making big strides.

Year 10 Oliver Rigby, 14, has been listening to Daniel Mahmood read. “I volunteered as I enjoy reading, I am a strong reader with a reading age of 16, and I want to help people and give them the chance to enjoy it as well,” said Oliver. “Daniel has really improved over the weeks, I recommend books for him and he sits with me during form time.”

Year 10 Saira Hussain said it was a tough process to become a Literacy Leader. “You had to write a letter to get the role so it wasn’t easy,” said Saira, who was reading with Year 7 student Marwa Khan. Marwa said: “It has really helped me develop my reading. It works well.”

Pleckgate celebrated superb English GSCE results in August with 63 per cent of their students achieving the top grades 9-5. English teacher Mr Murray, said: “Literacy Leaders is a relatively new initiative, it started last year, and we have also introduced the Accelerated Reader Programme into school. It’s about learning to lead and learning to read.

“It helps both the older and the younger age group and we are seeing the rewards of it in class.”