Reading at HRS

At Helena Romanes we value reading and acknowledge all the fantastic benefits being a fluent reader affords an individual. 

Our reading strategy focusses on three strands which run from Reception to Year 13:

Learning to Read 

Reading to learn

Reading for pleasure


We are lucky enough to have the Learning Zone Library where students have access to an up-to-date range of fiction and non-fiction texts. 

Year 7 and 8 have dedicated lessons in the Learning Zone with their English teacher and spend time reading together, reading independently and working on vocabulary and comprehension.

Students in Year 7, 8 and 9 have Tutor Reads which they spend two tutor periods a week reading together. These texts have been carefully selected to cover a range of topics and issues.   

Beyond our universal offer to all students, we also run a range of interventions to improve students' reading skills.  


Herts for Learning Fluency Project

Phonics support