“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.”  George R.R. Martin

We all know how important reading is for the development of the mind and therefore the person.  Extensive research highlights the advantages gained by keen readers in terms of their vocabulary, their ability to express themselves and perhaps more importantly, their ability to engage, empathise and begin to see the world through other’s eyes.

At Priory we take reading super seriously, so seriously that in KS3 all pupils benefit from a minimum of 100 minutes per week of ‘independent’ reading time during their English lessons.  In addition to this, all our staff are invited to contribute Book Recommendations via the newsletter; we celebrate World Book Day; we have embedded Everybody Reading during 2 of our 5 Learning for Life sessions and we celebrate pupils who demonstrate a love of reading. 

Supporting all these initiatives is the library which is run by Mrs. Elliott and a dedicated team of over a dozen pupil librarians who maintain order in what is a much-used space.