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Orchard Park High School


Better literacy leads to improved self-esteem, motivation and behaviour. It allows students to learn independently. It is empowering.

Good literacy skills are a key factor in raising standards across all subjects.

Language is the main medium we use for teaching, learning and developing thinking, so it is at the heart of teaching and learning. Developing skills in literacy is about learning to use language to express, explore and communicate our thoughts, ideas and feelings with others. We do this through speaking, listening, reading and writing and getting better at literacy means making progress in each of these areas.

Literacy is defined as the "ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and compute, using printed and written materials associated with varying contexts. Literacy involves a continuum of learning in enabling individuals to achieve their goals, to develop their knowledge and potential, and to participate fully in their community and wider society."

At Orchard Park High School, we understand how important good literacy is for your child’s development and life choices.

Did you know?

  • Less than half of 8 to 16 year olds have read a book in the last month.
  • 49% of children and young adults think that reading is boring.
  • Children who enjoy reading are five times more likely to be ‘above average’  in their reading assessment levels.
  • 22% of children report that no one at home encourages them to read.
  • 1 in 3 children do not own a book.
  • 62% of boys do not enjoy writing and students at Key Stage 4 are the least likely to enjoy writing.
  • Research shows that the average length of a student’s contribution to a class discussion is four words.
  • 10 to 16 year olds who read for pleasure do better at school.

At Orchard Park High School we adopt a cross-curricular focus to promoting good literacy amongst our students and staff. We believe that promoting literacy is a whole school responsibility and not just that of the English department.  We invite you to join us in developing your child’s literacy at home.  

Each student in KS3 and KS4 will receive a target by their English teacher each term. You will be able to view your child's target in their student report.