11th September 2020


We expect all our students to enjoy a daily 15 minute window to read.
To do this, students can delve into a physical book, go digital with an Ereader or listen to an audio book. These options provide a simple but effective opportunity to use their imagination and relax regularly. A completed 15 minute window is marked down on a Chorlton High Reading bookmark, with each mark contributing towards an overall Form total used to decide the winners of an exciting prize prize at the end of half term.

Why we want our students to develop the reading habit:

  • Exercises the brain
  • Builds vocabulary
  • Improves comprehension
  • Widens knowledge
  • Aids mental and physical wellbeing

Get ready to read!
On Thursday mornings, we celebrate our growing literary community with a shared reading of our Year group novels. These books have been selected to highlight and focus upon the issues of identity, privilege, history, injustice, culture, strength, love and empathy.

  • Year 7    Clean Getaway by Nic Stone
  • Year 8    Boy 87 by Ele Fountain
  • Year 9    Clean Getaway by Nic Stone

For 30 minutes, Years 7 to 9 come together for an extended period to read, reflect and discuss their thoughts and ideas inspired by these poignant, gripping, beautiful and uplifting stories. In Year 10, students decide upon a topical news article to read and explore, using their cognitive and comprehension skills set to develop a wider awareness of current events and the world around them.

Asset for Wellbeing.
In Years 7 to 10, we encourage our students to establish a successful routine for reading during lesson changeovers and wellbeing breaks. The easiest way to prepare for this is to keep a ‘Book in a Bag’, ready to open and dive back into! Readers benefit immensely from this quiet period, helping to restore concentration and ease into the next period of learning.

Widen your knowledge, try something new!
Throughout lockdown, Chorlton High School Library has worked to continue their outstanding service, ensuring that all students have access to a wealth of fiction and non-fiction books.

•    Digital
The Chorlton High e-Library provides every student with access to two huge online libraries, MyOn and SORA. Both sites combine a rich mix of new titles with classics to deliver further opportunity to explore new genres and interests, accessible though our school website.

•    Deliver – Read
Currently, our library unfortunately remains closed.
However, students are able to access our library catalogue via the school website and can reserve books using the library form on MS Teams. Once a request is made, our librarians pick and deliver book orders direct to classrooms.

•    Unleash your imagination with a personalised library tour for students
Sometimes, a library can be a little daunting, especially for our newest starters. Our librarians want every student to feel welcome to use their library, and have organised an appointment system to provide bespoke access to our book collection. Students will be encouraged to discuss their interests whilst thinking about the books they like or dislike, and can look forward to a wealth of reading recommendations!

Contact our Library Team by using the MS Teams form to book a tour.

45% of young people in Manchester don't have access to culture in our city, and we are supporting Manchester Cultural Education Partnership (MCEP) to help change that. MCEP are looking for passionate young people (just like our fantastic students pictured below) to join their Youth Board.

If you want to

  • Influence how you are taught in the classroom
  • Organise events
  • Have better access to jobs and opportunities in the creative industry
Then this opportunity is for you.

MCEP will be putting together two groups for the board

  • Ages 10 - 14
  • Ages 15 - 21
If you fit either age range, then this is for you! To apply simply send your application (submissions can be typed or sent as a short video) to the email below:

Or by post to:
Become a creative influencer, Z Arts, 335 Stretford Rd, Hulme Manchester M15 5ZA

Please include your contact details, a little bit of information about you and a few sentences explaining why you would like to become a creative influencer.

Deadline for application:

30th September 2020


We wish every one of our students, their parents and carers, our local and wider communities the safest of times.
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