At E-ACT Royton and Crompton Academy, reading is vital to all that we do. Not only will reading support in your child’s study, but will open a world of wonder, knowledge and new experiences. Reading for pleasure can bring us joy; it can teach us how to walk in another’s footsteps; and enable us to explore other times and faraway continents. Did you know that reading for pleasure can increase your health and wellbeing? It can reduce anxiety, increase self-esteem and can even help us sleep.

We promote reading at Royton and Crompton E-Act Academy through our library which is based in the heart of our main school building. Our library is accessible all day, every school day and is managed by our wonderful librarian, Mrs Pendlebury, and our avid reader and literacy teaching assistant, Mrs Callow. It remains open as part of our homework support until 4pm but students are able to come for independent reading there too.

We have a series of exciting activities happening through the year so keep an eye on our twitter account, @roytoncrompton and updates on our website.


Every child at Royton and Crompton Academy will complete a New Group Reading Test which provides a detailed insight into their current reading ability and any areas of concern. If your child requires support to reach their expected reading standard, intervention is put in place. This is to ensure your child is able to fully access the curriculum and fulfil their potential.   

This additional support will offer a smart and swift intervention, carefully planned on a cycle of assess, plan, do, review and it will focus on your son/daughter’s reading progress over time. Interventions may take place in groups or one-to-one depending on the needs of your child.  

We use guided reading strategies such as reciprocal reading and comprehension to improve vocabulary and confidence. Texts are chosen through research and age-appropriateness to ensure pupil progress as well as engagement.  

Pupils with significant areas of concern will receive targeted intervention to meet their specific needs. We are fully trained in delivering Fresh Start Phonics which teaches struggling readers to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. It is rooted in phonics and uses age-appropriate decodable texts. 

If you have any questions regarding the above information, please do not hesitate to contact us in the Academy. 


Reading in English

Homework for all KS3 will be reading x 3 times a week for a minimum of 20 minutes.

Reading in KS3 English

Year 7

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickesn

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dhal or

The Daydreamer by Ian McEwan

A selection of poetry

Year 8

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Tempest by William Shakespeare

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Year 9

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

A selection of Poetry

In our half-termly ‘Writing Week’, students read a range of non-fiction texts that are linked in to topical current events.

Reading for Pleasure

Reading for pleasure comes in many different forms. The point is to enjoy reading! This should not be a chore and should not limit the types of books students read. Reading for pleasure includes magazines, fiction, non-fiction, blogs, and articles. Make sure you discuss what your child is reading: Ask questions, start debate. Reading becomes all the more wonderful when you can share the experience. 

For more information on Reading for Pleasure, go to National Literacy Trust for some advice and resources. 

At Royton and Crompton Academy, all pupils can now open a world of reading anytime and anywhere with our new reading app: Sora. Expand your reach and engagement with access to thousands of books, e-books, audiobooks and magazines.

All pupils have been given their own individual login. Download the app and start exploring different genres and authors now! Click on the link below for help on how to access.

Getting started with Sora (

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Where to find books

There are lots of places to find cheap and even free access to books. First of all, students should visit our lovely library and speak to our librarian about recommendations.  

For parents and younger children, we also have a book swap facility at our Community Hub where families can take books, and return them or swap them whenever they can. If you would like to donate books, please get in touch with our reception who will explain how to drop them off. 

There are also ways to access reading online through free ebooks. The following websites are great places to start. 

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