Reading and Phonics

The context of this school lies at the heart of the school’s curriculum. The majority of children who enter the school do not have English as their first language. Whilst this brings uniqueness to the school, it also provides barriers to be overcome, as without English the remainder of the curriculum is meaningless. This means that the curriculum must be underpinned by the early development of children’s ability to learn English, the development of good speaking and listening skills and develop a love of reading.

These essential skills are the cornerstones to developing knowledge and understanding to access the wider curriculum. This is especially important for our EAL (English as an additional language), disadvantaged and SEND children, who require the acquisition of the English language, alongside the development of social skills and independence.

Through this curriculum we maintain the culture of ‘all the children all of the time’.

In our school, we know and understand, and want our children to know and understand the value of English and the significance of its place in education and society. We want them to know that a high quality education in English gives them a voice with which to communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and that through their own reading and listening they can hear the voices, ideas and opinions of others.

The intent therefore, is also that children can see it in the context of our key themes.


To give them a voice within both their own and wider communities, to enable them to be heard and for them to listen to the multitude of voices sharing their thoughts, ideas, values and stories.


how reading in particular can help them to acquire knowledge, build on what they know and in doing so further develop their own life chances in future education and employment.

Gender & Equality

To ensure all aspects of English are accessible to everyone, regardless of any differences and that all should have equal access to a wide and varied English curriculum to meet their individual needs.

Impact & Legacy

To know the legacies of literary scholars and how their work impacted on our cultures, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Knowing too, that knowledge and expertise gained in English can impact on their own futures and their own legacy.

To find out more about our Reading and Phonics strategy, please click the link below.

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Admissions Consultation

Consultation on the Arrangements for Admission of Pupils to School in 2023-24

Corporation Road Primary School is undertaking a consultation exercise on the arrangements for the admission of pupils to school from September 2020.

The detailed proposals may be viewed from here

Written comments or queries about the proposals in the consultation can be made using the form on the admissions page

Comments and queries arising from the proposal will also be forwarded to Darlington Council’s Admissions Service, who administer the allocation of places on the school’s behalf.

The consultation opens on Monday 1st November and will end on Friday 10th December 2021.