At Ashton Sixth, we encourage every student to read a broad range of books in order to foster a lifelong love of reading for pleasure. Research shows that students who engage in reading for pleasure outside of the classroom, are more likely to achieve better outcomes academically, have a better understanding of art and culture and the world around them and are more balanced in their own mental health and wellbeing.
We have compiled a suggested reading list for each subject below. This isn't an exhaustive list but a starting point to whet your appetite. Please let us know if you have read any useful books so we can add them to the list.
Post 16 Reading Champions
A number of our sixth form students have volunteered their time to support year 7 students at Ashton Park with their reading. Students meet weekly during tutor time in the Learning Resource Centre for a 1:1 session, building the younger students' confidence and reading ability. The sixth form students have received comprehensive training on the best way to support struggling readers and find it very rewarding.
Sixth Form Literary Festival
February 2022 sees our first ever Sixth Form Literary Festival with talks and workshops delivered by local writers, including:
Jane Duffus, an author, journalist, editor and public speaker. Jane mainly writes non-fiction, including two books about remarkable Bristol women. https://www.janeduffus.com
Emily Koch is an award-winning author of psychological suspense novels. https://emilykoch.co.uk
Linda Tanner, who is a writer for the Bristol Post: uk.linkedin.com/in/linda-tanner-05398927
Tessa Yates, a local children's author and founder of The Happy Book Company. She writes and illustrates children's books about choosing happiness, no matter what happens.