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Uxbridge High School

At Uxbridge High School, we are working hard to promote our students’ literacy and ensure they all achieve to the very best of their ability. We believe all teachers are teachers of literacy. The key skills of reading, writing, and oral communication are what enables students to access all areas of the curriculum.

We support literacy in every lesson by sharing the key words with students and using the whole school literacy marking code to provide feedback on spelling, punctuation and grammar. This means, that in every lesson, the students quickly recognise the marking code and errors enabling them to make rapid and sustained progress.

"Pupils read widely and often because of their regular use of the library and the opportunities in lessons, including reading out loud frequently. A range of initiatives, the sharing of literacy information with staff and the checking of comprehension all serve to boost pupils' interest and skills in reading."
Ofsted 2018

We place high value on reading widely and often - students are encouraged to read books across a variety of genres. We have a library we are proud of with a range of interesting books for every learner and all abilities.

Throughout the school day, during lessons and around the school, students are encouraged to use Standard English in conversations with both their peers in addition to adults. A whole school word of the week encourages all students to use new words to develop their vocabularies.

Students across all key stages are expected to proof read their extended writing using the SCOPE strategy. SCOPE encourages students to look for mistakes in their written work and correct them independently.


With the greater proportion of marks being awarded for literacy in examinations and in the knowledge that employers value good literacy, literacy is a significant focus in the Sixth Form. We ensure students are reading widely and often and that they are given every opportunity to develop their speaking and listening skills. We also provide literacy mats that all students have access to, which help them with their academic writing and regular study skill sessions on how to improve exam technique. To prepare students moving on to University, we help build their confidence by teaching them how to Harvard Reference.