Best Practice

Case study: Driving whole-school literacy

With so many pupils not speaking English at home, literacy was proving a key barrier to achievement at Lorna Owen’s school. She discusses the action taken to tackle this problem.


Holyhead School has its challenges. The school is situated in an area with a high crime rate and a below average number of our students’ family members have a higher education qualification. Our current school census data indicates that 66.4 per cent of students are entitled to free school meals.

Attainment on entry is low, with students in all years having a significantly lower than national average key stage 2 results. The mean CATs score is 93 in the current year 7 and this has remained constant over the last five years. More than 15 per cent of our students are on the SEN register.

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