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Walthamstow School for Girls


Literacy is one of the most important skills a person can have, as it is central to learning. It is essential that staff, students and parents promote literacy, to enable students to access the curriculum as fully as possible. 

All teachers teach literacy within their subjects, with students learning the key skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. 

We have a range of literacy interventions across the year groups. There is a Year 7 Literacy Progress Programme, Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 Bedrock sessions and Year 8 Reader Leader sessions.

Why is literacy important?

Literacy allows students to learn independently and has a positive impact on students’ self-esteem, on motivation and behaviour.

  • students need vocabulary, expression and organisational control to cope with the cognitive demands of subjects
  • reading helps us to learn from sources beyond our immediate experience
  • writing helps us to sustain and order thought
  • language helps us to reflect, revise and evaluate the things we do, and the things others have said, written or done
  • responding to higher order questions encourages the development of thinking skills and enquiry

Literacy gives us the tools we need to succeed.

Parents can contact the school if they need further information -
Telephone: 020 8509 9446 or E-mail: 

Literacy lessons
Accelerated Reading (AR) Star Reading Assessment
Bedrock Learning
Reader Leader