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Esher Church of England High School

Esher Church of England High School

Esher Learning Trust

Year 6 - A Gift of Summer Reading

At Esher High we believe that literacy is particularly important, so we are encouraging all year groups to read during the summer holidays.  

For our Year 6 students we have created a special video recording of the novel Coraline by Neil Gaiman for the students to watch and read.  Each chapter is read by a member of staff who Year 6 will get to know during their first year at Esher High School.  For example,

Chapter 1 is read by Mr Boddington and Chapter 2 is read by their Head of Year, Mr Marriage.  A link to each chapter can be found below.  Students may also wish to read the novel themselves, so a copy of the novel can also be found below.

Chapter 1 - Mr Boddington

Chapter 2 - Mr Marriage

Chapter 3 - Miss Copp

Chapter 4 - Miss Joyes

Chapter 5 - Mrs Taylor

Chapter 6 - Mrs Duncombe

Chapter 7 - Mr Emery

Chapter 8 - Mrs Porphyrios

Chapter 9 - Mr May

Chapter 10 - Miss Heugh

Chapter 11 - Miss Courtois

Chapter 12 - Miss Shrubb

Chapter 13 - Mrs Quigley

Once your child has read the novel Coraline and completed an activity they should either take a picture of their work or type their work, then email it to:  1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes will be awarded for effort made.  Submissions should be made by 5pm on Friday 4th September 2020.  Your child may enter the competition more than once and can complete the tasks on the novel Coraline or any other novel of their choice.  We have a list of short stories which are available online which they may enjoy. These can be found on our school website at:


We will have initiatives throughout the 2020/21 academic year to help promote literacy.  We find literacy support at home to be invaluable in raising pupils’ attainment levels.  We shall be providing you with tips on how to support your child at home through our regular Parent Bulletin starting in September 2020. 


Thank you for your support.  We look forward to welcoming your child to Esher High in September.