Tutorial Reading Programme

The Tutor Reading Programme launched this September to Years 7-10 and aims to promote the enjoyment of reading as well as having proven results in increasing students’ reading age. 

The books chosen for the programme have been selected to allow students access to a rich variety of literature including classic fiction, modern fiction, and non-fiction. 

Books have been carefully selected to be age appropriate, challenging, and enjoyable. They cover a vast range of topics that will engage and inspire our students and further promote a love of reading.

The books have also been chosen with the school’s values and #EducationwithCharacter campaign in mind. For example:

  • ‘I am Malala’ by Malala Yousafzai links with Respect, Determination, Ambition, Tolerance and Integrity as her autobiography exemplifies her resilience and courage to stand up for women’s rights to education and how she overcame her injuries to achieve outstanding exam results and to become the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. 

  • ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ by John Boyne links with Respect and Tolerance as it is a story based on the horrors of The Holocaust and how we should never allow such persecution to happen in this way again. 

  • ‘Chinese Cinderella’ by Adeline Yen Mah links with Tolerance as we learn about the harsh treatment of Chinese culture towards girls. 

  • ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee links with Respect, Tolerance and Integrity as the narrator’s story teaches us about racial prejudice in America and the narrator’s father, Atticus Finch, serves as a moral hero and a model of integrity for lawyers. 

  • ‘Noughts and Crosses’ by Malorie Blackman links with Respect and Tolerance as its dystopian setting explores an alternative future in which black people hold power over white people to examine racial prejudice. 

  • ‘Touching the Void’ by Joe Simpson links with Determination and Ambition as we learn about the true story of Simpson’s and Yates’ attempt to reach the summit of the previously unclimbed West Face of Siula Grande. However, it goes badly wrong and they both face a life and death decision. 

  • ‘The Hate U Give’ by Angie Thomas links with Tolerance and Integrity as it follows he events of a black 16-year-old girl who becomes an activist after she witnesses the police shooting of a childhood friend. 

Many of the books chosen for the programme have won various awards and are regarded as literary classics – some of which our students wouldn’t normally read. The programme aims to expose students to this rich variety of literature to not only promote the enjoyment of reading, but also to gain ‘cultural capital’ and to help shape their character. 

Students also enrich their understanding of the world around them and current affairs using reciprocal reading strategies ​​​​​​​whilst reading the weekly ICA Gazette.

Year 7 to 10 Reading Programme

  • Year 7 Reading

    Year 7

    The Pearl

    John Steinbeck

    The Diary of a Young Girl

    Anne Frank

    The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

    John Boyne

    The Graveyard Book..

    Neil Gaiman

    Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

    Rick Roirdan

    Carrie’s War

    Nina Bawden

    The Thief of Always

    Clive Barker

    Brother in the Land

    Robert Swindells

    Private Peaceful

    Michael Morpurgo

    Millions, the not-so-great train robbery

    Frank Cottrell-Boyce

  • Year 8 Reading

    Year 8

    Chinese Cinderella

    Adeline Yen Mah

    Sophie’s World

    Jostein Gaarder

    The Ruby in the Smoke

    Phillip Pullman

    Mud, Sweat and Tears

    Bear Grylls

    The Subtle Knife

    Philip Pullman

    Touching the Void

    Joe Simpson

    The Hunger Games

    Suzanne Collins

    Z for Zachariah

    Robert C. O’Brien

    The Lie Tree

    Frances Hardinge

    The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole

    Sue Townsend

  • Year 9 Reading

    Year 9

    Noughts and Crosses

    Malorie Blackman

    The Book Thief

    Marcus Zusak

    The Hate U Give

    Angie Thomas

    Stone Cold

    Robert Swindells

    Oliver Twist

    Charles Dickens


    David Almond

    Talking in Whispers

    James Watson

    Animal Farm

    George Orwell


    Robert Cormier

    Life of Pi

    Yann Martel


    Cat Clarke

  • Year 10 Reading

    Year 10

    I Am Malala 

    Malala Yousafzai

    The Woman in Black 

    Susan Hill

    To Kill a Mockingbird 

    Harper Lee

    Never Let Me Go 

    Kazuo Ishiguro

    Touching the Void 

    Joe Simpson

    Lord of the Flies 

    William Golding


    Robert Cormier

    Stone Cold 

    Robert Swindells

    Life of Pi 

    Yann Martel


    Daphne du Maurier

    A Kestrel for a Knave 

    Barry Hines

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