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We passionately believe in the power of reading and all students at Cromer Academy should be reading a wide variety of high quality texts.

  • A reading book is part of the school equipment and all students should carry a reading book with them at all times.

  • This could be, but is not necessarily, the Cromer Great Reads Text, which the students will be reading during their weekly library lessons.

  • Our library will promote high values, classic texts that help to develop both the reading age of the students but also their cultural capital.

  • Each week, one form time will be dedicated to reading so that students will get - as a minimum - 90 minutes of reading time per week.  In addition to this, we recommend 30 minutes per day at home.

  • Each department in the school will be issuing a list of books they recommend students who are interested in their subjects should read.  All of these books will be available in the school library.

  • As part of the weekly library reading lessons, students will be helped to focus on pre-learning key pieces of tier 2 vocabulary which will help them to access the texts.

All students across Key Stage 3 are encouraged to read ten suggested books each year from the Cromer Great Reads list. The books are rated Mild, Medium, and Hot, so students can progress up the levels and read all books by the end of Year 9. 


  • Thirteen Hours - Narinder Dhami
  • Wonder - RJ Palacio
  • Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone - JK Rowling
  • Once - Morris Gleitzman
  • Northern Lights - Philip Pullman
  • Boy - Roald Dahl
  • War Horse - Michael Morpurgo
  • The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Going Solo - Roald Dahl


  • The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas - John Boyne
  • One - Sarah Crossan
  • Jessica's Ghost - Andrew Norriss
  • Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
  • Coram Boy - Jamila Gavin
  • Noughts and Crosses - Malorie Blackman
  • The Ghosts of Heaven - Marcus Sedgwick


  • The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
  • Animal Farm - George Orwell
  • The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
  • Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
  • Terror Kid - Benjamin Zephaniah
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
  • Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
  • Brighton Rock - Graham Greene
  • Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
  • 1984 - George Orwell
  • Dracula - Bram Stoker
  • Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle