Pupil reading

Westminster City School Tutor Reading Programme

From non-fiction to classic texts, and from science fiction to historical fiction, our Westminster City School Tutor Reading Programme aims to inspire and enthuse all our young people.

Our Westminster City School Tutor Reading Programme sees form tutors read aloud to their forms twice a week, picking an age-appropriate book from a chosen list. Our young people are each given their own copy of the book, so they can follow along with the reading during their form time. Once the text is complete, the form tutor is able to select another book from our reading canon to read to the form group.

First News, the popular children's newspaper, featured our Westminster City School Tutor Reading Programme on Friday 10 September 2021 (see picture at the end of this page).

Our Westminster City School Tutor Reading Programme has also been praised by acclaimed author Nizrana Farook who said: "So happy to see The Girl Who Stole an Elephant among Westminster City School's Tutor Reading Programme. What a fabulous initiative."

Reading has always been a key part of life at Westminster City School, with class time regularly given to our youngest students for reading and over 200 books checked out from our library each week. Our Westminster City School Tutor Reading Programme is designed expand this love of literature, as well as to increase the vocabulary and comprehension of our young people by exposing them to books that they may not have read before.

Our Westminster City School Tutor Reading Programme canon is:

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Year 12 Year13

The Diary of a Young Girl
Anne Frank

Black and British - A Short Essential History
David Olusoga
Chinese Cinderella
Adeline Yen Mah 
I am Malala
Christine Lamb and Malala Yousafzai
Touching the Void
Joe Simpson
My Name is Why
Lemn Sissay
How Not To Be A Boy
Robert Webb
Classic Animal Farm
George Orwell
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Robert Louis Stevenson
The Outsiders
SE Hinton
Catcher in the Rye
JD Salinger

The Great Gatsby
F Scott Fitzgerald

The Picture of Dorian Gray
Oscar Wilde
Virginia Woolf
Diverse selection of authors and genres The Girl Who Stole an Elephant
Nizrana Farook

Look Both Ways
Jason Reynolds

Private Peaceful
Michael Morpurgo

A Series of Unfortunate Events
Lemony Snicket
Enola Holmes: The Case of the Missing Marquess
Nancy Springer

Windrush Child
Benjamin Zephaniah

The Giver
Lois Lowry

The Girl of Ink and Stars
Kiran Millwood Hargrave
The Watcher in the Shadows
Carlos Luis Zafon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
Mark Haddon

The Woman in Black
Susan Hill

Bone Talk
Candy Gourlay

One of Us is Lying
Karen M McManus

Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury

Awaeke Emezi

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Douglas Adams

The Dark Lady

I Am Legend
Richard Mathieson

Never Let Me Go
Kazuo Ishiguro

Marjane Satrapi

Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit
Jeanette Winterson

Daphne Du Maurier
Midnight Library
Matt Haig

Exit West 
Mohsin Hamid

The Silence of the Girls
Pat Barker
Things Fall Apart
Chinua Achebe

The Nickel Boys
Colston Whitehead

The Haunting of Hill House
Shirley Jackson


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