At St. John Bosco Literacy is at the heart of everything we do. The art of communication is explored in a variety of innovative and creative ways. Through the mediums of reading, writing and speaking and listening, students are coached and mentored to be fluent and articulate communicators of the English language.

Our community views reading as the gateway to new experiences and cultures. We actively promote a culture of reading for pleasure where students are encouraged to read and participate in discussions about new people and new places, experiencing a broad range of literature in an emotive way. At St.John Bosco Arts College we are committed to promoting an ethos of reading for pleasure in our pupils.

 All staff at our College are wholly committed to engaging pupils in their learning and are innovative in their approach  to teaching the skills of literacy, actively  promoting reading, writing, speaking and listening in exciting and creative ways.

Why is literacy important?

Literacy consists of core skills needed to succeed in all subjects, not just English, and are important skill for life beyond school.
Reading for pleasure plays a very important role in improving literacy skills and has a considerable impact on future success across all subject areas and throughout life.

As well as learning within the curriculum we have developed many Literacy projects to promote reading for pleasure and ensure that life-long literacy skills are developed and nurtured.

The following cross-curricular literacy events are celebrated throughout the year:

  • International Literacy Day
  • Macmillan Coffee Morning
  • Roald Dahl Day
  • National Poetry Day
  • Harry Potter Night
  • World Book Night
  • World Poetry Day
  • World Book Night
  • World Book Day
  • Bosco Book Week

Literacy Policy 2019

Pupils' literacy skills are well developed. Teachers routinely follow the school’s policy on literacy by developing key subject-specific terminology and assessing pupils' work for spelling, punctuation and grammar’

OFSTED November 2016