At The Academy of St. Nicholas literacy is at the heart of everything we do.  The development of literacy skills across all curriculum areas is vital.  Effective literacy across the curriculum will develop students’ ability to:

  • Write for a variety of purposes and audiences
  • Collect information, organise ideas, draft, edit and write accurately
  • Access information and read fluently with understanding and comprehension
  • Speak and listen effectively, present information and extend and clarify their ideas and thinking
  • Confidence in literacy will also have an impact on their self- esteem, motivation and ability to work independently.

All staff are wholly committed to engaging students in their learning and are innovative in their approach to promoting reading and writing.

Reading Quality Mark


In November 2015, students and staff were proud to achieve a Bronze Reading Quality Mark.  This award celebrates the commitment and enjoyment of reading around the academy.  Over the next academic year we hope to apply for a Silver RQM Award as we develop the use of our new academy library.

Literacy Support

Some of the initiatives and programmes we have in place to develop literacy are:

  • Year 7 Summer school literacy activities
  • Form time activities
  • Reading buddies programme
  • Literacy intervention classes
  • Reading enrichment programme
  • Outside support for students
  • Dedicated English Teaching Assistants
  • Key primary transition sessions

Upcoming Literacy Events

February 2016   May 2016
30th Jan - 6th Feb National Storytelling Week   All Month National Share a Story Month
1st - 5th Feb KS3 Extended Writing Competition   2nd - 8th May Children's Book Week
Friday 15th Feb St. Nicholas Big Write Day   23rd - 27th May KS3 Extended Writing Competition
March 2016   June 2016
Thursday 3rd March World Book Day   20th - 24th June KS3 Extended Writing Competition
14th-20th March Shakespeare Week   July 2016
14th-18th March KS3 Extended Writing Competition   Summer Holidays Summer Reading Challenge - (Read 6 books from your local library over the summer holidays)
Sunday 20th March World Storytelling Day  
April 2016  
Saturday 2nd April International Children's Book Day   August 2016
Wednesday 27th April National Tell a Story Day   Summer Holidays Summer Reading Challenge - (Read 6 books from your local library over the summer holidays)

Word of the Day

Each day we display a ‘Word of the Day’ using key words from your subject areas.  Do you know what today’s word is?

If you have a favourite word that you would like to see as our ‘Word of the Day’ speak to Miss E Mather.  Below are a few past examples.


Literacy-Numeracy Bulletin

Click on the images below to download our weekly literacy-numeracy bulletin outlining how they are used throughout the Academy.

Bulletin 4
Week Commencing - 21st Mar 2016

Bulletin 3
Week Commencing - 14th Mar 2016

Bulletin 2
Week Commencing - 7th Mar 2016

Bulletin 1
Week Commencing - 29th Feb 2016

Parent/Guardian Support

Click on the images below to download our guides to support parents and guardians when helping their children with their reading and writing.

KS3 Parent/Guardian Support Guide KS4 Parent/Guardian Support Guide

Recommended Reads


St. Nicholas's Sweet Sixteen

  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  2. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  4. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  5. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  6. Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling
  7. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  8. Forever by Judy Blume
  9. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 and ¾ by Sue Townsend
  10. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyle
  11. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  12. Me Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
  13. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  14. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  15. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis
  16. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

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L19 5NY
Tel: 0151 230 2570
Email: info@theacademyofstnicholas.org.uk

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