Aidan House Newsletter

Mrs Ridley – Head of Aidan house

In this week’s newsletter you will find:

  1. Aidan House weekly roundup video
  2. Countdown to Kingswood
  3. Read for Good Readathon
  4. Reading list
  5. Weekly Menu

Watch the weekly notices here

12 Weeks!

Read for Good Readathon

The academy will be running a ‘Read for Good’ sponsored Readathon from Monday 4th April for four weeks, and we would love all of our students to join in! 

The charity ‘Read for Good’ encourages children to read through its unique motivational approach inspiring reluctant readers to give reading a go, and keen readers to read more widely. Students can choose whatever they want to read – from comics to classics and audio books to blogs – they are not being assessed, it’s all about reading for fun; and they are motivated to read because the money they raise in sponsorship helps to provide a regular supply of brand-new books and a resident storyteller to every major children’s hospital in the UK.

Students will be shown a promotional video from ‘Read for Good’ during next week’s House assemblies which highlights the excellent work the charity does in children’s hospitals up and down the country:

“Launched in 2010, our hospital programme provides brand-new, carefully chosen books and regular professional storyteller sessions to the UK’s 30 major children’s hospitals. Read for Good’s specially made, colourful mobile bookcases can travel right up to a child’s bedside, offering an enticing display of lovely new books to read and often keep for ever. Our service supports seriously ill children’s disrupted learning, and gives them and their families precious distraction and comfort at a time when it’s needed the most.”

If you would like to watch the promotional video please click on the below link:

Students will be given a sponsorship card and book over the coming days, to get started.  They can choose to read whatever it is they are interested in: books, e-books, poetry, comics – anything goes!  As well as our fully stocked library, students have access to a fantastic online ebook and audio book library too.  Supplied to us by Wheelers ePlatform, students can download free of charge any ebook or audio book within their age range completely free of charge.  For details please on how to access the site please see the below PowerPoint alongside the link to access the site.

We ask that students’ sponsorship forms are fully completed with the sponsor’s details so that gift aid can be claimed.  For more information about gift aid please see the PDF below:

The easiest way to sponsor a child is at (which family and friends can use too) or return the sponsor card to school.  Please note that if you choose to use the sponsor card we can’t accept cash or cheques in the academy, instead we ask that sponsorship payments be made via your child’s Parent Pay accounts.   From Monday 4th April there will be a link on all Parent Pay accounts which will allow you to add an amount and pay online with your debit or credit card.

As well as helping children in hospital get books, students will be helping the academy library too, as we will receive free books worth 20% of our grand sponsorship total – so there really is something in it for everyone!

For ideas and inspiration on encouraging your child to read at home, you will find some great ideas on the following links:

Reading for fun resources

Help! My child won’t read!

For more general information check out the ‘Read for Good’ website:

Thank you for your support – helping your child to keep reading, raising and being amazing!!

Mrs Watson


The more that you read, the more things you will know.

The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.

                                                                     – Dr. Seuss

Book Fair

Week beginning 21st March saw the arrival of our annual Scholastic Book Fair.  This is the ninth year the library has played host to the book fair, and year upon year it gets bigger and better and attracts more and more students.  As always there was an excellent range of books on offer and the library was buzzing with students eagerly searching the table tops for the latest titles.  It is always wonderful to see the children so full of enthusiasm whether it is because they have discovered a new author, or are recommending a must-read book to a friend!  As well as promoting reading, the fair is always an excellent way to get new books for our library, as every book sold results in free books for the academy.  Students have spent thousands of pounds at the book fairs over the years, giving us hundreds of pounds to spend on new books for our library.  This money helps us ensure that our library is fresh and up to date with books our students want to read.  A big thank you to all of those students who supported the fair this year!

Mrs Watson

Key Stage 3

The Invisible Boy – Alyssa HollingsworthReview

Key Stage 4

11/22/63 – Stephen KingReview
The Amnesia Clinic – James ScudamoreReview

Key Stage 5

What Does It All Mean – Thomas NagelReview
The Night Trilogy (Night-Dawn-Day) – Elie WieselReview

Lunch Menu