Reading is the heart of our academy because reading makes you happier, smarter and more successful.

At Astrea Academy Sheffield, you will:

  • Develop habits which lead to a life-long relationship with reading
  • Have access to an exceptional, well-stocked library & expert librarians
  • Explore the best of what’s been thought and written in all of your subjects
  • Have protected reading time every day
  • Be rewarded for your commitment to reading

Tutor Time Reading

Three times a week, scholars will enjoy a 25-minute communal reading session with their tutor group. This experience enables all scholars to: 

  • Experience the joy found in sharing stories because all scholars in their year group will be reading the same text. 
  • Read a varied selection of fiction and non-fiction that has been put together to challenge, inspire, engage and educate. 
  • Hear brilliant stories read aloud by their teachers and have the opportunity to read aloud to the group too. 

The texts chosen for 2022-2023 are below.

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

  • The Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen  
  • Black and British by David Olusoga
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

  • Chinglish by Sue Cheung 
  • The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank 
  • Call of the Wild by Jack London 
  • I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai 
  • Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
  • The Boxer by Nikesh Shukla 


  • Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman 
  • Chinglish by Sue Cheung
  • 1984 by George Orwell 
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline 
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee  

Any families who wish to read the texts their children are reading should contact the academy to be given a copy. 

Accelerated Reader

Two times a week, scholars will enjoy a 25-minute independent reading session. This experience enables scholars to:

  • Experience the pleasure of getting lost in a story.
  • Strengthen their reading ability through practice. 
  • Gain independence in making their own book choices. 

It is imperative that all our scholars take an Accelerated Reader quiz on the books they are reading monthly. We use this information to celebrate scholars’ reading achievements and to support any scholars who need help with their reading. 

Library Opening Times

The library is open every day during break, lunch and from 2:50pm – 4pm. 

Scholars are encouraged to use the space to read and revise, as well as using the space to complete homework, quizzes and additional study. The library is stocked with revision materials and there will always be staff to support scholars in the space. 

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