There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book. —Frank Serafini

One of our priorities at West Hill is to encourage our boys to read more.  Reading can unlock potential in all of us.  It improves the life skills essential for the modern workplace. Verbal communication, reading and writing skills are necessary in all walks of life. Research shows that reading helps to improve these skills, in addition the wider health benefits generated by reading include significantly reducing stress levels.

From an academic perspective, those students who read for pleasure, regardless of what their reading material of choice is, achieve higher grades.   Going beyond the surface of a subject is essential to success, too. This is probably why the author Roald Dahl once said, "If you are going to get anywhere in life, you have to read a lot of books."

Reading should be part of all our lives, parents can have a pivotal role to play in developing a love of reading.  Families regularly talking to their children about books, TV programmes and films help their child to develop an interest in reading.  All our boys can access our e-library and we encourage them also to join local libraries, as well as using our study hubs located in their year group areas. In addition having books and magazines at home also makes a difference to children’s interest in reading and their achievement. By exposing children to a broad range of reading materials you can not only open their eyes to the wider world, but perhaps even help them find their future passions, ambitions or careers.

We encourage our boys to read a range of materials, but whatever they enjoy reading should be embraced.  However, reading for pleasure doesn’t mean there can’t also be challenge.  We encourage our boys to find reading resources for a slightly older age group than they currently are, as by doing so our boys will develop a thirst for reading and make significant steps towards fulfilling their potential.  Our literacy coordinator Mr White, is promoting a range of initiatives with our boys, and his tweets found  @WH_Literacy, are well worth a follow to discover more about reading at West Hill.

Mr Owens

Posted by Mr Owens on 14 January 2022

Category: Headteacher's Log Book

Tags: Literacy Headteacher Reading