Reading Ready

Reading is a priority across the school, so with this in mind we want to develop pupils’ love of reading and reading for pleasure. The ‘Reading Ready’ programme allows pupils to be read to by their form tutor for 25 minutes four days per week.

Books have been carefully chosen for enjoyment and engagement. Thematic links can be made to the themes covered in the PSHE/RSE Curriculum and we have ensured that there is no overlap with the texts being studied within the English curriculum so that pupils can further widen their knowledge and experience.

The books will be read to pupils by form tutors, this will allow for correct intonation and expression of words and engagement with the text. The main focus will be on the fluidity of reading and engagement and enjoyment of the text.

Bookmark (Ruler) Reading

We encourage all pupils to fully engage with the text they are reading. They have each been given bookmarks and are to use these to follow each line and word as the teacher reads to the class.

For National Read a Book Day, we launched a competition for Key Stage Three pupils and set them all the task of designing a bookmark. The winning bookmark was professionally edited and printed to be used by all pupils across the school when reading.

Books, books, books!

The ‘Reading Ready’ Programme has meant that we have invested in lots and lots more books for our pupils to enjoy. We have purchased 10 different class sets for each year group in KS3 and 4 and we have purchased a few copies of 24 different titles for KS5 to encourage a book club approach.

Form tutors will rotate their reading of each text.

The titles are diverse, classic and contemporary, female and male authors. They take our pupils to places outside of their classrooms and we hope they enjoy and embrace this experience.

Reading Ready and PSHE/RSE links

WDS subject specific wider reading lists

Would you like to read more about your subjects beyond what you study in school?

If so, your teachers have put together some wider reading lists for you to immerse yourselves into and enjoy!

Essential reading – Business

The textbook for Level 2 Cambridge National Enterprise and Marketing (Tess Bayley, Leanna Oliver) is available to buy and there is also an eTextbook version available from Hodder Education or from other outlets.

Similar to this for Level 3 from Hodder Education is a textbook for Cambridge Technical Level 3 Business which is available to buy also. Other textbooks you may wish to buy include Kotler & Armstrong Principles of Marketing and My Revision Notes: Cambridge Technical Level 3 Business (Dianne Wainwright).

Up to date reading

Regular coverage of economic issues appears in serious newspapers such as:

The Times and Sunday Times, The Independent, Financial Times, The Guardian, and of course The Economist.

The BBC News website is also an excellent source of relevant contemporary articles as well as Bloomberg.


Both tutor2u and BIZ/ed are free for students and teachers and contain lot of useful information as well as links to real businesses. In particular, they contain a considerable amount of economic data relating to a large number of countries as well as extensive theory and revision notes.

The website addresses are and

Other Useful Websites…


The Bank of England

The Office for National Statistics

Business Week

Interesting Reading

The Business Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained (DK)

Self-Made: the definitive guide to business start-up success (Bianca Miller-Cole)

The Google Story (David A. Vise)

The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World’s Greatest Manufacturer (Jeffrey Liker)

Freakonomics: A rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything (Stephen D. Levitt)

Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur – Sir Richard Branson

The Intelligent Investor (Benjamin Graham)

No Logo (Naomi Klein)

House of Cards: How Wall Street’s Gamblers Broke Capitalism (William D Cohan)


Adobe Photoshop Classroom in a Book (2021 release)

Graphic Design for Everyone: Understand the Building Blocks so You can Do It Yourself

How to Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck

The Basics of Filmmaking: Screenwriting, Producing, Directing, Cinematography, Audio, & Editing

The Smartphone Filmmaking Handbook: Revealing the secrets of smartphone movie making


The History of Graphic Design: Volume 1 (1890-1959)

Book of Branding – a guide to creating brand identity for start-ups and beyond

The Graphic Design Idea Book: Inspiration from 50 Masters

Typography: A Manual of Design

The Documentary Filmmaking Master Class: Tell Your Story from Concept to Distribution

Editing and Special/Visual Effects: Behind the Silver Screen: A Modern History of Filmmaking


Food Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

James and the Giant Peach – Roald Dahl

Dictionary of Food ingredients – Robert S Igoe

Grinding It Out: The Making of McDonalds – Ray Kroc

Colonel Sanders The American Dream (KFC) – Josh Ozersky

Dinner with Dickens: Recipes inspired by the life and work of Charles Dickens– Pen Volger


The Theory of Catering – Victor Ceserani

Gordon Ramsey’s biography – Neil Simpson (student version)

In search of perfection – Heston Blumenthal

Cooked – Michael Pollan

Scoff: A History of Food and Class in Britain – Pen Volger

Toast – Nigel Slater


The Madiba appreciation club: A chef’s story – Nelson Mandalas personal chef – Brett Ladds

Gordon Ramsey’s biography – Neil Simpson (student version)

Is butter a carb? Unpicking fact from fiction in the world of nutrition – Rosie Saunt (Author) Helen West (Author)  

The Science of cooking – Dr. Stuart Farrimond

Garlic and Sapphires – Ruth Reichl


‘Touching the Void’ – Scholastic Version

Joe Simpson ‘Great Adventurers’

Alastair Humphreys ‘The Boy who Cycled the World’

William Grill – Ladybird Expert Series: ‘Plate Tectonics’

Ben Saunders ‘Climate Change’ Charles, Prince of Wales ‘Evolution’

Paul Burleigh and Raul Colon – a lovely picture book telling the story of how Marie Tharp mapped the Atlantic and helped uncover the theory of Plate Tectonics

‘Our Planet’ – accompanies the David Attenborough Netflix Series

‘World without Fish’ – Mark Kurlansky – picture book looking at the decline of fish in the oceans, and the reasons why they are disappearing.


Steve Jones ‘How bad are bananas?’

Mike Berners-Lee ‘Solving the Puzzle under the Sea’

‘I am Malala – Malala Yousafzai

Hans Rosling – ‘Factfulness’

Tim Marshall -Prisoners of Geography’,

Alastair Bonnett – ‘The Human Planet’

Fast Food Nation: What the All-American Meal is Doing to the World, Eric Schlosser (2002)

Geopolitics: A Very Short Introduction – Klaus Dodds (Author)


Blood River: A Journey to Africa’s Broken Heart, Tim Butcher

Power down: Options and Actions for a Post Carbon World, Richard Heinberg (2004)

The New Rulers of the World, John Pilger

There is no such thing as a Natural Disaster, Chester Hartman and Gregory D Squires

Dead Aid: Why aid is not working and how there is another way for Africa, Dambisa Moyo (2010)

Geographies of Globalization, Murray, W.E. (2006)

Making Development Geography, Lawson, V. (2007)

Blood Diamonds: Tracing the Deadly Path of the World’s Most Precious Stones, Campbell, G.

Ecology of Fear, Mike Davis (1998)

The Revenge of Gaia, James Lovelock (2006)

An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore (2006)

Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883, Simon Winchester (2004)

Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet, Mark Lynas (2008)

Cool it: The sceptical environmentalist’s guide to global warming, Bjorn Lomborg (2009)

Water A Turbulent History, Stephen Halliday (2004)

The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England (Ian Mortimer)

King of Shadows (Susan Cooper)

My Friend Walter (Michael Morpurgo)

Maus- A Surviors tale- Art Spiegelman


J. Shuter, A Divided Union? The USA 1945–70 (Pearson, 2009)

Student book for the ‘Divided Union’ option in the 2009 Edexcel GCSE History A (Modern World) specification, relevant for Key topics 1 and 2. 4.  

S. Waugh and J. Wright, The Divided Union: USA 1945–70 (Hodder, 2010)

Student book for the ‘Divided Union’ option in the 2009 Edexcel GCSE History A (Modern World) specification, relevant for Key topics 1 and 2.

Marc Morris, The Norman Conquest (Hutchinson, 2012) An extremely readable yet detailed account of the Norman Conquest, up to William’s death.

Donald Cumming and Jo Philpott, Crime and Punishment Through Time (Hodder Education, 2011)


Orlando Figes: Revolutionary Russia 1891-1991

Robert Cook: Sweet Land of Liberty

Suzannah Lipscomb: The King is Dead


The Photography Ideas Book

The Photography Book

The iPhone Photography Book

Adobe Photoshop Classroom in a Book (2021 release)


Photography: The Visual History

The Photography Book

Ansel Adams’ 400 Photographs

Mastering Lighting & Flash Photography: A Definitive Guide for Photographers

Adobe Photoshop Classroom in a Book (2021 release)

Vivian Maier Developed: The Untold Story of the Photographer Nanny


Alex’s Adventures in Numberland – Alex Bello

Alex Through the Looking-Glass- Alex Bello 

50 Mathematical Ideas You Really Need to Know – Tony Crilly

Math Girls – Hiroshi Yuki

The Number Devil – Hans Magnus Enzensberger

 The Man Who Counted – Malba Tahan.

Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid  – Douglas R. Hofstadter

What Is The Name of This Book? – Raymond Smullyan

The Man Who Loved Only Numbers – Paul Hoffman

Surreal Numbers – Donald Knuth

 The Cartoon Guide to Algebra – Larry Gonick

 The Cartoon Guide to Calculus, – Larry Gonick

 The Book of Numbers – John Conway and Richard Guy.

Single Digits: In Praise of Small Numbers – Marc Chamberland 

Calculus – Michael Spivak

 Hexaflexagons, Probability Paradoxes, and the Tower of Hanoi by Martin Gardner

 Ingenuity in Mathematics by Ross Honsberger

 The Manga Guide to Calculus by Hiroyuki Kojima and Shin Togami.

The Cat in Numberland by Ivan Ekeland

Birth of a Theorem. by Cédric Villani

 The Emperor’s New Mind by Roger Penrose

 Cakes, Custard and Category Theory by Eugenia Cheng

The Proof and the Pudding by  Jim Henle

 Théorie des ensembles? By Bourbaki’s


American College of Sport Medicine’s Health and Fitness Journal

British Journal of Sports Medicine

Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews

International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching

Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise

Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Sky Sports Magazine


American College of Sports Medicine

British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences

Human Kinetics

Sport Science

Sports Coach UK

Top End Sports


Teach PE

BBC Bitesize

Pearson BTEC Level 2 First Award in Sport – Textbooks

BTEC Level 2 First Sport Student Book (Pearson, January 2010) – Adams M, Beashel P, Hancock J, Harris B, Phillippo P, Sergison A and Taylor

BTEC Level 2 First Sport Teaching Resource Pack (Pearson, April 2010) – Adams M, Beashel P, Harris B, Johnson S, Phillippo P and Sergison A

Exercise Physiology Laboratory Manual: Health and Human Performance (McGraw Hill Higher Education, 2001) – Adams G M Sports Exercise and Fitness: A Guide to Reference and Information Sources (Libraries Unlimited Inc, 2005) – Allen M B

Exercise on Prescription: Cardiovascular Activity for Health (Butterworth- Heinemann, 1999) – Buckley J, Holmes J, Mapp G

Level 2 BTEC Firsts in Sport Student’s Book (Folens, May 2010) – Commons R, Rizzo G, Swales M

Level 2 BTEC Firsts in Sport Teacher’s Guide (Folens, May 2010) – Commons R, Rizzo G, Swales M

The Health and Fitness Handbook (Longman, 2001- Dalgleish J, Dollery S

Fitness for Games Players (NCF, 1996) ISBN 9780947850104 – Davis J

Fitness Leader’s Handbook (Human Kinetics Europe, 1998) – Franks B D, Howley E T

Your Personal Trainer: The Ultimate Guide to Getting Fit for any Sport (Metro Books, 2002) – Fulcher K, Fox P

Fitness for Sport (The Crowood Press, 2000) – Hazeldine R Cross

Training for Sports: Programmes for 26 Sports (Human Kinetics, 1997) ISBN 9780880114936 – Moran G T, McGlynn G

GCSE PE for Edexcel (Heinemann, 2001)– Scott

A Fitness and Health (Human Kinetics, 2006) – Sharkey B J and Gaskill S E

Physical Fitness and Athletic Performance: A Guide for Students, Athletes and Coaches (Longman, 1996) – Watson A W S

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sports – Text books

BTEC Level 3 National Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness) Student Book. Pearson, 2010. – Adams Metal, (2010)

BTEC National Sport: Level 3: Development, Coaching and Fitness. Hodder Education; London. – Rea, S, Stanford-Brown, J and Manley, C (2010).

Health Fitness Instructor’s Handbook. Human Kinetics Europe. – Howley, E.T and Franks, B.D (2003)

Anatomy and Human Movement. Butterworth-Heineman. Palastanga, N (2006).

Fitness and Health (Human Kinetics, 2006) – Sharkey B J and Gaskill S E

Foundations of Sports and Exercise Psychology (5th ed.) – Weinberg R.S and Gould, D (2011) Human Kinetics; New York.


Once by Morris Gleitzman

Boy in Stripped Pyjamas by John Boyne and Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah

Me before you by Jo Moyes and The Fault in our Stars by John Green


The Lovely Bones by Alice Seabold

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Help by Kathryn Stockett and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon


Hello? Is Anybody There? By Jostein Gaarder

The Alchemist by Paulo Cohello or a Thousand Spledid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Republic by Plato