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St Simon Stock Catholic School

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Work with Love

Academic Literacy


We believe reading unlocks our curriculum, opens a treasure trove of adventures and information and provides an invaluable life skill.


A variety of different reading programmes operate within our school to support our students’ love of reading and reading fluency. We provide a phased approach to reading that encourages reading at every level.


Lexia is a comprehensive computer based and personalised reading programme, specifically designed for Year 7 onwards. Students are supported to increase their automatic word recognition by reinforcing phonic elements and sound/symbol relationships. Intervention activities provide extensive practice in everything from basic phonological awareness to advanced word-attack strategies; vocabulary development based on Latin word roots is developed in the Latin lessons that starts in Year 7.


‘Drop everything and read’ (DEAR) aims to develop a lifelong love of reading, motivate students to read more challenging books and most importantly raise literacy standards for students of all ages and abilities which will benefit them not only in English but also across our curriculum.


With a greater emphasis on literacy across all subjects, DEAR is a vital part of our curriculum to develop not only reading skills but also students’ range of vocabulary and comprehension skills. Our departments focus the importance of ‘disciplinary’ or subject vocabulary within their delivery to develop content knowledge and aid reading in lessons.


Our school provides opportunities to encourage older students to read with younger students and to provide opportunities to discuss what they are reading. In class, subjects design activities that encourage students to read for information. We ask parents to encourage their child to read at home. 

There is a strong focus on students’ literacy and numeracy skills within our curriculum. Our academies Literacy and a Numeracy Co-ordinators promote the focus of these skills across the curriculum and our Directors of English (Mrs G Asplin) and Maths (Mr T Sus), support the development and tracking of these initiatives etc.


Departments provide a variety of programmes and initiatives such as Accelerated Reader, Maths-Watch, and Doctor Frost Maths. Our school promotes ‘disciplinary literacy’ – to write, read, speak and debate like a Scientist, Artist or Historian. Feedback reflects on students’ punctuation and spelling accuracy; spelling programmes are used and subject vocabulary is defined and promoted in lessons.


Marking codes are consistently used across all subjects. In numeracy consistent approaches are promoted across subjects and programmes such as White Rose Maths and Maths Rock Stars operate. 

For those students requiring specific literacy and numeracy support, small group and bespoke programmes are provided

Our Values



Prayer & Faith




We must ‘Go and do likewise’, to serve the needs of others.

We are ‘One Body in Christ’, inclusive and welcoming to all.

We are called to ‘be constant in prayer’ to discern God’s love. Students are invited to faith, participating in regular acts of workshop as forms, classes, year groups, and a school.

Students are expected to be hopeful, showing respect to themselves, their peers, teachers and the environment.

Students are expected to be charitable through acts of service in school and the wider community.

Students are expected to maintain a scholarly attitude in all lessons and work to the best of their ability and engage where they can in extra-curricular activities.


Trust Information

St Simon Stock Catholic School is an academy, and part of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership. The Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address: Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Simon Stock Catholic School is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.