0121 289 5900 | Principal: Mr Bridges


At Cockshut Hill School, we believe that creating a culture of reading is a vital tool in ensuring our children are given the best life chances. Cultivating readers with a passion for a wide range of materials will ensure that children’s love of reading will extend far beyond the classroom and allow them to build on their skills independently through a real curiosity and thirst for knowledge.

A Culture of Reading
Developing a culture of reading at Cockshut Hill School is fundamental to the progression of the children not only in reading but across all other subjects.

Library/Learning Pad

Open 8:20 am – 3:30 pm daily.

All books must be returned or renewed every 7 days.

Please keep your book protected in a plastic pocket or a clean carrier bag.

Please read for at least 20 minutes a day.

All damages and missing books will be charged at cover price plus covering

Learning Pad includes:

  • Computers
  • Printing
  • Internet Access
  • Reference Books

Improve your reading:

You can read anything as long as it has a beginning, middle and end. Ideally, it should be more than a paragraph long.

If you don’t have time to read you can listen:



If you don’t like books you can read newspapers for free:

The Independent   .   The Telegraph    .   The Guardian

Free online magazines:

Teen Vogue  .  Teen Ink  .  Drive Tribe  .  PC Gamer

Expand your knowledge and watch these YouTube channels:

Mental Floss  .  Quirkology  .  Big Think  .  TED  .  CrashCourse


Support your child through reading.

  • Ensure your child has a book/audiobook.podcast.newspaper. They can lend these from the school library or public library. Books can also be found online but be sure to check the content.
  • You want your child to form a reading habit, then challenge their tastes and finally test their ability.
  • Talk about what they have read.
  • Listen to you child read aloud, teenager benefit from this also.
  • It is supposed to be fun so don’t put pressure on yourself. Gentle prompts, days out to the library to see events. Birmingham has lots of free literary stuff to do.
  • Remind them to return their library books on time.