Accelerated Reader Success Stories
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...
by Nadia Ward and Debbie Kennedy, Wilmington Academy, Dartford
River Beach Primary School, Littlehampton, West Sussex, England
River Beach Primary School is based in West Sussex and has approximately 720 pupils on roll and caters for children from nursery through to Year 6. Their motto is "Every Child, Every Chance, and Every Day" and this motto is clearly respected in their journey with monitoring progress for each pupil through individualised and personalised testing and reporting. Joe Neale, English Subject Leader at River Beach Primary, takes us through their journey of monitoring progress and growth with Accelerated Reader and Star Assessments.
Warrington & Vale Royal College, Warrington, Cheshire
Warrington & Vale Royal College provides a variety of courses for school leavers up to adults. The college is in its third year of using Accelerated Reader with students aged 16-18 across a variety of vocational areas. Bethan Bligh, Learning Resource Centre Manager, outlines the importance of reading in Further Education.
Elan English Learning Centres, China
Students from Elan English Learning Centres in China are enjoying the professional learning program from the school, boosted by Renaissance. Having implemented Accelerated Reader in 2013, they have found improved literacy standards, with the wider benefits this entails on vocabulary, grammar etc.
The Hurlingham Academy, Fulham, London
Using Accelerated Reader and designated silent reading time, Hurlingham Academy have seen improvements in attitudes towards reading, and the time spent doing it.
Scoil Chríost Rí, Ennis, County Clare
Scoil Chríost Rí is one of over 60 schools in County Clare using Accelerated Reader, but was one of the first in Ireland to implement the programme, in 2011. Principal Gearóid Roughan describes the school’s reading approach and experiences with the programme.
Mountain Ash Comprehensive School, Rhondda Cynon Taff
Mountain Ash Comprehensive School is a Secondary school with over 800 pupils on roll, based in Rhondda Cynon Taff, Wales. Lauren Mackie, Assistant Head, and Karen Siminov, Literacy Coach, describe how the school’s reading culture has changed since September 2016.
Florence Melly Community Primary School, Liverpool
Florence Melly is a mixed primary school, based in Liverpool, with over 400 pupils on roll. Head Teacher, Ken Heaton and Year 6 Teacher, Nikki Bear, discuss the school’s approach to reading following their implementation of Accelerated Reader in September 2016.
River Beach Primary, Littlehampton, West Sussex, England
Joe Neale, English Subject Leader at River Beach Primary School talks about how Accelerated Reader has made a real impact on pupil progression in his school, and also shares the start of his journey on delving deeper into Star Reading and key findings he is making along the way.