Leeds West Academy


Wonder Book Launch 

New reading initiative for new starters

 Leeds West Academy were delighted to welcome their new Year 7 cohort for transition day last week. During the day, students were treated to a book reading by Assistant Principal, Mrs Hanson, from R.J.Palacio’s acclaimed novel, ‘Wonder’ and introduced to their exciting summer project where all students will read the novel.

‘Wonder’ tells the story of August, a 10 year old boy with significant medical issues, as he starts school for the first time. The new starters were provided with a personal copy of the novel to keep and read over summer, which they will incorporate into all their lessons in the next academic year.

One student said ‘I’m most excited about learning how to describe the characters in Spanish’, whilst another reported that he really likes the idea that he would be creating a self-portrait in art, which will reflect who he is really is, not just what he looks like.

The project aims to provide students with a common theme across lessons as a starting point for their new term, as well as promoting that Leeds West Academy is ‘A Reading Academy’.

Since the launch, Year Manager, Mrs Gesinde, has visited many primary schools and has been thrilled to see so many students taking the book with them to read. We are sure they will find it a ‘Wonder-ful’ story!

Parents who attended the pre-transition evening were provided with guidance on how to support and further develop their child’s reading through the project. Copies of the parent and student leaflets can be found here:

Wonder Project Booklet for Parents


Wonder Project Booklet for Students


31 Days of Wonder

Leeds West Academy’s Wonder reading initiative for our new starters is live. We would love to see all the fantastic things you do to complete this challenge. Send any photos of your 'wonder-ful' work to - marketing@whiteroseacademies.org.

To join in with this initiative the '31 Days of August' Challenge can be downloaded here:

'Wonder' Summer Reading Challenge - '31 Days of August.'