Good attendance is necessary for all children, research shows that children who attend school regularly and puntually perform better overall and in their later lives. Therefore, the Government expects the level of school attendance for all primary aged pupils to be no lower than 97%
There have been a lot of complaints recently regarding parking around school before and after school. Please be considerate when parking, as some parents with pushchairs have not been able to get passed due to parking on corners of the streets and residents have been blocked in.
We have several children in school with severe nut allergies, which require an Epi Pen. Please do not send your child into school with any nuts or nut products e.g Nutella spread for snack or lunch, as this could be life threatening to these children.

Reading Corner

Miss Gledhill Journey to reading

How we teach reading at Gorsehall school

1st edition reading recommendations

Common Exception Words Checklist

Inference questions

Books on the doors


Reading: helping your child booklet

Literacy: helping your child booklet

Maths: helping your child booklet

Letters and Sounds phase 1

Y1 Parents Reading

Reading & Phonics


At Gorse Hall Primary and Nursery School

we believe…

  • Reading great literature opens children up to ideas, experiences, places and times they might not experience in real life.
  • Reading for pleasure gives opportunities to learn about a multitude of things that cannot be covered just by a school curriculum.
  • Reading and books are at the centre of our curriculum.
  • Being able to read well is a key life skill for all children, whatever their background.
  • High quality phonics teaching is an essential part of the teaching of reading.
  • Decoding skills are vital for children to become confident and fluent readers.
  • Children need explicit teaching of comprehension skills to become real readers.
  • Every child can learn to read with the right teaching and support.
  • A love of reading can be taught and encouraged at school – just like any other area of the curriculum.
  • Children should have time to read independently, read aloud and be read to every day.
  • Reading for pleasure and reading for purpose are equally important.
  • Providing good quality reading resources is a priority.
  • Developing an environment which supports and encourages reading is vital
  • Every teacher should be an advocate for reading.
  • Reading at home plays an essential role in developing enjoyment and self-esteem.

Staff should receive training so they are equipped to teach all aspects of reading and to develop children’s enjoyment of reading.