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Latest success stories from Renaissance Learning

Accelerated Reader Success Stories

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The school without an attainment gap

Springfield Junior School, Ipswich

Springfield Junior School won the National Pupil Premium Award for primary schools in 2017. Their outcome with disadvantaged children is incredible, and they've used Accelerated Reader to help them.


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“Reading culture in our school has changed significantly since using Star Reading”

GEMS Wellington Academy, Dubai

Since implementing Star Reading and Accelerated Reader, both progress levels and attainment levels have risen year on year at GEMS Wellington Academy.


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“A year’s worth of student progress made in just a few months!”

Sunmarke School, Dubai

Renaissance spoke with Dolores Elliot-Wilson, Chief Librarian from Sunmarke school to discuss the impact of Accelerated Reader and Star Reading on ELL (English Language Learners), library engagement and top tips for aspiring schools.


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Changing mindsets around reading

Countess Anne CofE Primary School, Hatfield, Hertfordshire

Countess Anne CofE Primary School, in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, implemented Renaissance Accelerated Reader™ around three years ago to try to help their low-entry-level Reception children reach their full potential all the way to Year 6.


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“I’ve seen the change in my pupils and in my own children”

Keresley Grange Academy, Coventry

As a headteacher and a parent, Nicky Penlington couldn't be happier with the changes she has seen across her school, including in her own children, since they started using Accelerated Reader in 2015.


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Getting our boys reading

Durston House School, Ealing

Durston House School in Ealing, London, is a big fan of Accelerated Reader! They've been using it very successfully with their students since January 2015.


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From Special Measures to Good, supported by Accelerated Reader

Coupals Primary Academy, Haverhill

Previously, Coupals Primary Academy was in Special Measures and students were below the national average for KS2 SATs. But with the support of Renaissance Accelerated Reader™, it is now rated 'Good' by Ofsted and their pupils have been achieving above national average results at the end of KS2 SATs for the past three years.


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How Star helped us become a full primary school

Southtown Primary School, Great Yarmouth

Southtown Primary School in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, has around 220 pupils from Reception through to Year 6. Solely an infant school in previous years, they got their first intake of KS2 students in 2014. Here, Susan Miles, Deputy Headteacher, shares how the school uses Renaissance Star Assessments™ and how it helped them transition into a full primary school.


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To be among the top five schools in the country is incredible, and my vision now is to become a beacon to schools in other areas of high deprivation…

Ward Jackson CE Primary School, Hartlepool

Like many schools located in areas with high levels of social deprivation, Ward Jackson CE Primary School in Hartlepool has long been regarded as something of a 'problem child' - facing mutiple challenges with staff turnover, poor pupil performance, high levels of mobility and a 'requires improvement' rating from Ofsted. However, unlike many schools of this type, however, 100% of Year 6 pupils at Ward Jackson achieved expected outcomes in their most recent SATs results and is now ranked among the top five schools in the country for progress in reading...


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Measuring progress: 14 months of reading progress in 10 months!

The Raglan Schools, Enfield

The Raglan Schools is a federation of Raglan Infant and Junior Schools, having approximately 930 children and 120 staff. They have been using Star Reading for five years and recently reported 14 months of reading progress in only 10 months! Head Teacher Martin Kelsey shares his story of discovering and implementing Star Reading Assessments in his school.


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