At Holy Family, it is our ambition to promote literacy in all areas of the school curriculum.  We want confident, secure pupils in all literacy skills so that they can thrive and communicate effectively as adults.  It is our intention that we raise standards of literacy, in partnership with parents, so that no student is disadvantaged by poor literacy skills.

We want to encourage students to read widely and often.  There are reading resources and activities taking place in school. We also provide reading materials and the opportunity to purchase books through the Bookclub.   

In addition, we encourage parents to access the wealth of reading resources available and have created a reading list for specifically for each key stage.

We recommend the following websites to support your child reading at home:

National Literacy Trust

The Literacy Shed

KS3 Reading List

KS4 Reading List

The ‘Holy Family 100 Book Challenge’

The ‘Holy Family 100 Book Challenge’ is a brand new and exciting reading competition, created just for Holy Family students. We have selected 100 books across a wide range of genres, books that stretch, engage, and fascinate the reader. Within our selection is a range of wonderfully diverse novels. The ultimate challenge is for students to read all 100 titles during their time with us at Holy Family... quite the challenge and certainly ambitious.


Students have five years to read as many as they can. The more books read the higher students will climb on the school leader board leading to more prizes and exclusive trips.


Below you can find a complete list of the HF 100 books along with the Reading Age each title is suited to. You can find out who is currently at the top of the leader board and what prizes they're on track to win.


In addition, every year we will be selecting several students from each year group to go on an amazing school trip. These will be the students who have demonstrated the greatest effort with their reading, the best progress over the year or have simply been an engaged reader.

Holy Family 100 Book Challenge