What is involved?

 Who for?

Read for Barnet

Able and Ambitious readers are invited to participate in the ‘Read for Barnet’ project run by UCS. They provide copies of the books to share, facilitate group discussion, gather and edit book reviews for inclusion on the website (prizes for the best ones).

Nominated Year 7 students

Able readers Carnegie shadowing

Students are provided with copies of the books to share, facilitate group discussion, and support preparation of presentation for the inter-school event. They will gather and edit book reviews for inclusion in the website and feed this into other students’ reading experiences in LRC lessons.

Nominated Year 8 students

Barnet Literature Quiz

Students take part in a quiz with other Barnet schools to find the team that has the greatest knowledge of Literature in Year 7.

Y7 – In school winners of Literature quiz

Book Club

Students who enjoy reading are welcome to join Book Club one lunch time a week where they will read and discuss different books each week. Students will also put together the short list of books for the ‘JCoSS Book Award’ and help to run the competition.

Y7, 8, 9 and 10

JCoSS Book Award



Launched by the students in the Book Club, all of KS3 are invited to read the books on the JCoSS Book Award Shortlist. Once the reading is completed, students will present creative responses to the books. The best creative responses will be selected to participate in a reward trip.

All KS3 students

BBC 500 words competition

The BBC 500 words competition invites students all across the country to write a short, 500 word story. There are lots of prizes awarded to the most imaginative and well-written stories including a trip to a royal residence.

All of Year 7 and Year 8 students


Able and ambitious students who have shown aptitude for debating learn the procedure of a formal debate and enter a national debating competition.



Nominated Year 9 students

Globe theatre trip

Students are able to attend a free performance at the globe of a Shakespeare play that has been adapted especially for students.

Reward for ambitious Y8 students



Creative writing club

Students can practice the craft of creative writing in a more informal setting

KS3 students



Workshop at the Globe

To support the study of Romeo and Juliet diligent students are rewarded with a trip to the Globe where they work with actors from the theatre company on key scenes from the play.

KS4 ambitious students

Paired reading



Students in Year 10 meet with Year 7 students weekly to read books together.

Able and ambitious Year 10 students

New Views



This is a prestigious playwriting competition run by the National Theatre.

The New Views programme gives students a unique and exciting opportunity to work with playwrights to produce their own short play, about a challenging issue. The winning play is performed by a group of professional actors at the National Theatre and the runners up see a staged reading of their play.

Students from KS4 and 5

Mentoring of Year 7 students


Key Stage 5 English Literature students are responsible for the academic mentoring of underachieving students in Key Stage Three.

A Level students are able to support literacy and comprehension skills of younger students.

Key Stage 5 English Literature students

Sixth form blog

An opportunity for peers to design and organise an English Literature Blog to support academic progress at A- Level. The Blog contains supporting critical material, advice from students and teachers, and most importantly, reviews and recommendations for wider reading.

Run by KS5 Literature students

Theatre trips

Key Stage 5 theatre trips are frequent throughout the year. There are opportunities to see set texts, as well as enrichment trips to see productions of texts that are relevant in terms of genre or time period.

KS5 Literature students

Study day

The Love Through the Ages Study day is run by examiners and lecturers and supports Paper 1.

KS5 Literature students

Study Days  Lectures on various set texts. Selected students attend the day of lectures, take notes and feedback to classmates  Y12 and Y13 English students

Close reading competition

The close reading competition is run by the EMC and allows students to enter a piece of close analysis of a prose extract. We have had considerable success in this competition in the past!

Y12 students