English is one of our school specialisms, and literacy is a skill that supports everything else we do, both within school and beyond. So we have created a culture that encourages and celebrates reading for pleasure, and brings our students together to share and enjoy a wide range of books. 

Underpinning this culture is a literacy strategy aimed at giving our students confidence and fluency with reading, as well as opening their minds, broadening their horizons and boosting their empathy and resilience. This begins before they join us, with a Year 6 transition project, and continues throughout their time at school.

We have a well-stocked library, headed by a librarian, at both Upper School and Lower School. If you would like to contact them, please email [email protected]

Reading Patron

Our literacy work is championed by author Ashley Hickson-Lovence, who has generously agreed to be our Reading Patron.

“Owning a wide range of books, written by a diverse range of voices, can have a life-changing impact on our young people. I know, having grown up in a working class home, how it can provide opportunities to get lost in new worlds and meet characters who might become lifelong friends.”

Ashley Hickson-Lovence, Archer Academy Reading Patron

The Phantom Tollbooth

Our Year 6 literacy project, based on The Phantom Tollbooth, is a key part of our transition programme. 

Working with a number of core local primaries, Archer teachers and students deliver workshops and materials to Year 6s, to support the reading of this classic text.

We then study the book in more depth in English lessons at the beginning of Year 7, to help our new students get off to a flying start.

The Archer Bookcase

All Archer Academy students are supported to read and own a range of books during their time with us. Our aim is to help them build their own bookcase of stories and non-fiction, to enrich their lives, spark their imagination and inspire a life-long love of reading.

In addition to their term-time reading, each year group is assigned a book to read during the summer holidays. Here are the books our students read in the summer of 2021.