“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” — Emilie Buchwald

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” — Margaret Fuller

The importance of regular reading is encouraged at Pleckgate through tutor time, reading lessons and reading opportunities in all lessons.  We encourage our students to have the confidence to read aloud in lessons, to help develop their speaking and comprehension skills.

All Year 7 and 8 students should have a reading book (this can be a downloaded book from myON on their iPad) with them at all times and are encouraged to read at least three books each half term.

Students in 7Q band and 8Q band are enrolled on the Accelerated Reader programme.  This helps to improve reading in students and increased reading age can be seen over the year.

As part of this programme, students complete termly reading tests which enable us to give each student a reading age and a reading target, as well as advice on the range of books that are suitable for them.  Students can also take regular quizzes on their iPads on books they have read.

Throughout the year, students who pass reading quizzes are rewarded with certificates and this will be recognised on display boards in school.

The biggest achievement for readers is being rewarded with the title of ‘Millionaire Reader’; for reading over a million words and is celebrated for all students.


Alongside regular access to our well-resourced school library, we are offering support and encouragement to develop a love of reading through:

  • Our online myON library offers a wide range of books including fiction and nonfiction suitable for all age ranges. The online library can be accessing at any time at home or in school
  • First News. This is a digital newspaper which delivers global news in an accessible, engaging way. First News is available for all students in Google classroom and can be read at any time
  • Borrowbox which is an online library run by Blackburn with Darwen libraries
  • Mrs Hanson, our School Librarian, visits all 7Q and 8Q reading lessons to offer any support required and listen to students read
  • Reading intervention sessions for those students requiring extra support, including the teaching of phonics through the DFE accredited ‘Read, write, Inc’ programme.

Language and Reading Strategy

Language and reading are central to learning at Pleckgate High School.  To support language acquisition and reading, teachers will work with your child to develop vocabulary in each subject area.  We will encourage your child to read regularly in each subject.  We will support your child to write well in each subject.  We value reading for pleasure as much as we value reading for learning.

Our strategy is influenced by research into teaching and learning published by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF).  We intend to improve vocabulary and reading skills in all subjects.  In addition to reading for pleasure we intend to make reading for learning a central focus of school life and routines.  Whether we’re reading in the Library or the classroom, we’ll use a stepped approach to developing vocabulary and reading in all subjects.

Our stepped approach includes subject leaders ensuring that language and reading development is embedded across all programmes of learning by focussing on:

Talk like a specialist: we will provide targeted vocabulary instruction in every subject.

Read like a specialist: we will develop students’ ability to read complex academic texts.  Write like a specialist: we will combine writing instruction with reading in every subject.

Each academic term will focus on a key Area of Language and Reading

  • Autumn term: Talk like a specialist
  • Spring term: Read like a specialist
  • Summer term: Write like a specialist


“The Community of Pleckgate has a local secondary school it can be proud of.  It provides an excellent education for all its pupils. They flourish in a bright, positive and secure environment”

Ofsted 2019

Ofsted Outstanding Provider