Bremore Educate Together Secondary School


News from Bremore ETSS

Literacy Drive - January 2018


Re: Literacy Drive

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As part of our schools Literacy Drive, we have identified several areas of focus for the coming term and beyond. We would like to take this opportunity to inform you of these plans and ask for support in running them. Our identified Literacy Targets are:

1.      To raise awareness of and promote literacy in the school. 

2.      To promote reading for pleasure. 

3.      To improve the reading ages of students through a targeted intervention of ‘DEAR Time’ 


Upcoming events:

Friday 26th January – Book Drive. We are asking for donations of suitable books for teens to support the creation of our ‘class libraries’. Each student who donates a book will be awarded VS Ware points.

Monday 19th February – Friday 23rd March - DEAR Time Initiative (Drop Everything and Read). We will dedicate 15 minutes of each day to Reading for Pleasure for a five week period. Students will keep track of their progress on a class wallchart. We will use the materials from the Book Drive and our own collection of books to ensure each student follows our ‘book in the bag’ policy.

As part of our extra-curricular programme, we will soon be launching a weekly Book Club. More details will be shared with the students as to exact times etc. in the coming days. The chosen book is ‘Spirit of the Titanic’ and we have already secured a visit from the author, Nicole Pierce in the near future.

We also hope to have several more exciting activities surrounding World Book Day whereby we hope to raise the profile of literacy in the school.

In addition to this, please find attached a recommended Reading List for your child. We would also encourage your child to join the local library and make reading part of their everyday habit. Research shows that teenagers who regularly read have a broader vocabulary and improved writing skills. It can also improve their critical thinking skills amongst a range of other benefits.

If you have any queries/concerns regarding our Literacy plan, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you as always for your support.

Yours sincerely,


Kathy Jones, Principal



First Year Recommended Reading List:

In Pieces – Trinity Comprehensive Writing Group 

Tuck Everlasting – Nicole Babbitt

The Real Rebecca - Anna Carey

Girl Stolen – April Henry 

Night John – Gary Paulsen

Half the Man, Twice the Lawyer – John Grisham

The Cay – Theodore Taylor 

Buddy – Nigel Hinton 

Skellig – David Almond 

Wonder - R.J. Palacio 

Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer 

Wilderness – Roddy Doyle 

Coraline – Neil Gaiman 

Girl Missing – Sophie McKenzie 

Private Peaceful – Michael Morpurgo 

Cirque du Freak – Darren Shan

The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkein 

The Scarecrow and his Servant – Philip Pullman  

Skulduggery Pleasant – Derek Landy 

The Boy who Lost his Face - Louis Sachar   



Second Year Recommended Reading List:

Stone Cold – Robert Swindells 

The Dare – John Boyne

Shadows on our Skin – Jennifer Johnson 

The Weight of Water – Sarah Crossan

Lord of the Flies – William Golding 

The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee 

Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman 

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë

Once - Morris Gleitzman

Animal Farm – George Orwell

The Book of Lost Things – John Connolly 

Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

Chalkline – Jane Mitchell 

Trash – Andy Mulligan

True Grit – Charles Portis 

The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness 

Into the Grey – Celine Kiernan

My Ántonia– Willa Cather

The Wind Singer – William Nicholson


*Please note that these lists are guidelines only and have been taken from the JCT website.

Ailna Carr