In Ashfield Girls’ we believe in promoting high standards of literacy. Literacy empowers our students with the ability to use language in varied forms to read, write, speak, listen and think critically about ideas. It allows them to share information, interact with others and create meaning. It is an essential tool for personal growth and active participation in society.

Miss L Gavin
Teacher of History
Acting Literacy and Library Co-Ordinator

It is essential that ... after 12 years of compulsory education, all young people leave school competent in reading, writing, talking and listening. (‘Count, Read: Succeed’ paragraph 1.5)
A solid foundation in literacy ... is absolutely essential to ensure [our young people] can contribute effectively to the economy and society and live fulfilling lives. (‘Count, Read: Succeed’ paragraph 1.4)

What does literacy look like?

Literacy around Ashfield Girls'

World Book Day

World Book DayNow in its 19th year, World Book Day is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and - most importantly it’s a celebration of reading which is marked in over 100 countries all over the world. The main aim of World Book Day is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.

This year on World Book Day, 3rd March 2016, Ashfield Girls’ pupils from year 8 took part in a ‘Book Swap’. Girls brought in books from home which they had finished reading and in turn were given a ticket corresponding to the number of books they had brought. At lunchtime they then came to the library to swap their ticket(s) for a new book. The event was enjoyed so much by the girls that we ran it again the next day!

During the week we also gave all our year 8, 9 and 10 pupils a £1 book token which can be used at Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys, Waterstones, Easons and WH Smiths to purchase a special £1 WBD book or £1 off any full-price book.

Happy Reading!

Love Our Library in January 2016

Our sixth form librarians will be visiting junior form classes to remind students on the use of our library and review expectations. Many thanks to our student librarians!

Widening Participation at Queen's University, with year 9 pupils: December 2015

Five year 9 students were invited to an interschool careers day at Queen's. The careers workshops introduced degrees in English and Creative Writing, Languages, History, Film Studies and Law. Students had the chance to question lecturers and gain an insight into a range of literary based degrees.

Read On Week for Years 8 – 10: December 2015

From Monday 30th Nov – Friday 4th of December our junior school participated in a week of sponsored reading. They raised money for Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children.

A bookmark designed by Mrs McKenna (Head of Progress for Stormont)

In order to encourage a love for reading and the development of subject specific knowledge, subject teachers have displayed the ‘Recommended Reading’ posters on their classroom doors.

The Recommended Reading posters have been collated into a booklet which will be available in the school library throughout the school year.

Click on the image to open the booklet in PDF format.

Read On 2016 totals

Special thanks to Miss Rees for her help counting all the funds raised.

Presentation to Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children of £3,169.36 raised through Read On.

Love Our Library in November

To support the commemoration of Remembrance Day, there will be special displays on ‘letters from loved ones.’ For students wishing to know more about the causes and consequences of both World Wars there will be relevant reading material available.

Many thanks to Mrs E Craig and our sixth form librarians for arranging a display.

Literacy in the classroom

Many thanks to Mr Donaldson who kindly collated this ‘Literacy’ header. The header is now available for display in every classroom in our school.

The intention is to use the header to encourage students to see that literacy is a fundamental part of all our lessons and assessments.

...every teacher, regardless of the subject they teach, must promote and model high standards of literacy. (‘Count, Read: Succeed’ paragraph 4.29)



Here are some examples of displays around our school:-

Ms Stephan: Modern Languages


Mrs McKenna: Business Studies                              Ms Stephan: Modern Languages


Miss Dunlop: History                              Miss Connor: Geography


Mrs James: Home Economics

Mrs Lyons: Music



Assessment Literature