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8 Compelling Reasons to Get Reading

8 Compelling Reasons to Get Reading: We encourage all our students to read a number of novels and non-fiction throughout their school life for their pleasure.

#1 The more you read, the better you will be at it
Practice makes perfect – and it’s fun!

#2 Reading exercises your brain
Reading is a more complex task for the human brain than watching TV. Reading strengthens brain pathways and builds new connections, making you smarter.

#3 It improves your vocabulary
If you read a lot, the more words you have available to use in everyday conversations with your friends or teachers. You will learn new words and new ways to use the words correctly. That’s good news for school work and means you will have more highly-developed language skills.

#4 You will have a better memory
Reading helps you train your brain to store ideas and words, which eventually helps boost your memory. Very helpful for your exams!

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One of our year 8 students, Reading for Pleasure, in the library.

#5 It enhances your ability to concentrate
When you read a book, you subconsciously focus on the activity. This means you will be able to concentrate more easily on other things too, which makes studying much easier.

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#6 Reading helps you develop an incredible imagination
If you are reading a brilliant story and are fully engaged, you will also imagine how the characters are feeling. By drawing on your own experiences and memories, you can imagine how you would feel in the same situation.

#7 Reading will help you do better at school
Reading will not just assist you with English but in all subjects!

#8 Reading is a great form of entertainment
You can read anywhere; it’s free and enjoyable when you’re reading a story or topic that particularly interests you. Why not read on a bus or train, or simply at home in your bedroom? You can escape into a wonderful and exciting world, through your book. Bliss.

We encourage all our students to read a number of novels and non-fiction throughout their school life for their pleasure. Other benefits include Education for life, Improved employability, and House Spirit.

Three of our 'Reading for Pleasure' winners!

Three of our ‘Reading for Pleasure’ winners!

Left to right: Michael Came, Laird House (read 49 books), Hollie Weaver, Stanley House (read 34 books) and Samuel Howells, Wilson House (read 32 books).

*Books counted were over the last school year)