Dr Julie Skarratt – Literacy Leader

For more details about literacy at The Macclesfield Academy, please email

The Macclesfield Academy is dedicated to developing the literacy skills of all of our pupils as we view literacy as key to attainment.

Here at the Macclesfield Academy we take pride in being a school that reads. We have created a strong reading culture where all of our pupils read for 15 minutes every day.  This reading takes place during form time and English lessons, whilst we also offer bespoke reading interventions to those requiring extra support.

We test the reading ages of all of our pupils and use this information to ensure that pupils are reading suitable texts to stretch and challenge.  Based on their reading age students are placed on a coloured reading track. This enables students to select suitable books based on their track colour.

We also take every opportunity to celebrate and promote literacy across the Academy. Over the past four years we have taken part in World Book Day celebrations and held Drop Everything and Read sessions where all children and staff in the Academy take part in a shared reading experience. More recently we have introduced a Poetry Cup to coincide with National Poetry Day.

We have a strong culture of writing for read audiences and have established links with local publications. For the past four years our students have contributed to Local People and The Macclesfield Express. Please click on the links below for articles written by our students for Local People.

Local People – Autism does not define me by Eleanor Adshead

Local People – Am I a reader by Jaime Duffy Local People – Work Experience by Ellie Hall

Local People – What becoming a prefect means to me …… by Tristan Staszko

Local People – The Macclesfield Korean Kickboxing academy by James Fowles

Local People – My camping trip to Buxton by Ocean Wolstenholme

Local People – Back to the Future by Shoni Lewis

Local People – Work Experience by Ellie Hall