‘Read Your World’ at Southfield

At Southfield, we recognise that the ability to read is a key life skill for all and allows students greater access to the curriculum through the development of cultural capital and increased global understanding. As part of our 'Communicate' strategy, we aim to develop students' disciplinary literacy, recognising the importance of reading across all subjects as well as being a tool to support a healthy mental wellbeing.

Throughout the reading branch of our whole school Communicate strategy, we encourage all teachers to be advocates of reading. Students are encouraged to ‘Read Your World’ and are given opportunities to read independently, read aloud, read academically and read for enjoyment during the school day. We encourage reading development through a number of strategies, including:

  • Form time reading and discussion programme
  • Access to online reading lists and programmes for parents and students
  • Free access to ebooks and audiobooks
  • Reading age tracking for all students
  • Reading intervention programmes
  • Cross curricular reading training for all teachers
  • Access to ‘The Globe Library’




Closing the word gap

We're proud to be a Word Gap Partner School in association with Oxford University Press. We're committed to closing the word gap and improving children's vocabulary and wider life chances. To find out more about the word gap, viist

Whilst we promote reading within school, we also encourage students to read academically and for pleasure in their own time.




SORA is a website and app which provides free ebooks and audiobooks for students who log in with their Southfield username. Follow this link to read all about it and create your account:

LOVE READING is a website with suggested reading for all age groups. By browsing one of our pre-existing reading lists or searching by theme/topic, your daughter can then read an extract before deciding if this is a text she would like to read. Books can be purchased on the website or she may choose to look for it in the school’s Globe or a local library. 

Step 1: In order to create an account, please go to the following website and create a parent account: 

Step 2: After you have registered, please go to the following link to search for Southfield School:

Step 3: When requested, enter the password below to connect to the school reading lists and browse their whole collection.

Password: asouthfieldgirlreads