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All students take part in ERIC (Everybody Reads In College) on alternate Fridays during Tutor Time. Parents and carers should check the age and content appropriateness of the texts students have chosen to read.

For subject-specific recommended reads designed to challenge you and compliment your learning, please use the Oliver system or ask Mrs Holme in the Information Centre.


Recommended Reads


Years 7, 8 and 9 students follow the Accelerated Reader Programme; please encourage your child to make progress with their reading by discussing their text choices and hearing them read at home.

  • Young Sherlock by Andrew Lane
  • Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce
  • Noble Conflict by Malorie Blackman
  • The Child’s Elephant by Rachel Campbell-Johnston
  • Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • The Resistance by Gemma Malley
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Life of Pi by Yan Martel


  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Anita and Me by Meera Syal
  • Never Let me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Talking Heads by Alan Bennett
  • DNA by Dennis Kelly
  • A Taste of Honey by Shelagh Delaney
  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  • A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller


  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  • The Passion of New Eve by Angela Carter
  • The Summer before Death by Doris Lessing
  • The Child in Time by Iain McEwan
  • Beloved, Song of Solomon, The Bluest Eye, Sula by Toni Morrison
  • The Sandcastle by Iris Murdoch
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • Perfume by Patrick Suskind
  • Vanity Fair by Thackeray
  • Karenina by Tolstoy Anna
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • Oranges are not the only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
  • Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
  • Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Further Information

Remember that reading is not just reading fiction, but magazines, non-fiction and newspapers too! Try and vary the types of literature that you read. Please remember to visit the Information Centre for a range of reading materials.

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