Reading for Pleasure

As a school we are committed to promoting an ethos of reading for pleasure in our pupils.

As part of this belief we feel it is important that you as parents, carers and guardians are involved in this process. We understand that you may feel unsure about some of the literature your children may wish to read. In order to address this we would like to encourage you to look at the attached website which will enable you to easily identify reading material by age order, as it has reading lists from primary through to secondary age.

KS3 reading for pleasure this summer.

Before reading, look for a review or summary of the book to see if it sounds interesting and challenging enough. Here are some websites to get you started when doing this research:

  • Lovereading4schools (which also has recommended reading lists)
  • Bookstrust (which also has a Book finder and reading lists)
  • Goodreads
  • Amazon (look at the description and reviews of the book)
  • Project Gutenberg - - A huge resource of free online ebooks.

Top Tip: If a book isn’t interesting or gripping at first, read to at least 30% of a book before giving up!

We have made notes where books contain emotional or mature context.

Key Stage 3 Reading List

Key Stage 3 Extra Reading List

Key Stage 4 Reading List

Key Stage 4 Book List


A Caring Christian Environment

"Our two daughters have had the best start in life thanks to the caring, enthusiastic and hardworking staff of Archbishop Blanch School. Choosing the right secondary school for one's children is such a difficult task, but we could feel the special ethos of ABS on our first visit. You inspire your pupils to achieve the academic heights of which they are capable in a happy, safe and vibrant environment."
Archbishop Blanch Parent.

Ethos and Expectations


Academic Excellence

We have a tradition of high academic standards encouraging students of all abilities to achieve and be successful. Our curriculum gives students many opportunities to progress and develop into whatever field they choose offering a vast range of subjects at each stage across the school and giving an excellent choice of extra curricular enrichment.

Our talented teachers deliver lessons which are fun and exciting supported by state of the art technology and resources.

Curriculum Information

About Us
& Our School

Christian Ethos and Vision

The Christian Ethos of Archbishop Blanch School is a unique feature of our school. We offer a safe and caring environment in which every student can reach their full potential.

The faith life of our school is a strong feature of Archbishop Blanch. Our new school building compliments our Christian ethos and enables us to come together in groups small and large. We also have a dedicated prayer room for special services and spiritual moments.

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Sixth Form

Sixth Form for the future

Archbishop Blanch has a successful sixth form which offers an excellent choice of subjects to both boys and girls:

Our experienced sixth form team offer both academic rigour, complemented by our supportive pastoral care which together produces outstanding results. 

Our new and exciting sixth form offers its own unique, facilities including: Study Centre, Dedicated Careers Advisor, Study Support Team and Social Area

More information about our Sixth Form