Midlands Success Stories
by Chelsea Sandbrook, Assistant Head Teacher
Manor Leas Junior Academy is a large Junior (KS2 only) school in Lincoln, aiming to provide pupils with an innovative curriculum to engage them in their learning. They recently became a Master School - an award celebrating best-practices in reading engagement. Chelsea Sandbrook, Assistant Head Teacher at the school, shares her experience of tracking and monitoring pupil progress over the years.
Slough & Eton CE School, Slough, Berkshire
Slough & Eton CE School have seen their EAL students make rapid progress with reading and speaking English, following their enthusiastic engagement with Renaissance Accelerated Reader.
St. John's CE Primary School, Walsall, West Midlands
With the help of Renaissance Accelerated Reader, St. John's CE Primary School in Walsall have seen a boost in reading motivation, and improvement in children's capacity to read independently and select books appropriate for their age and ability.
Blackminster Middle School, Evesham, Worcestershire
Since implementing Renaissance Accelerated Reader in 2011, Blackminster Middle School have noticed a dramatic improvement in students' ability to access the curriculum.
Baxter Business and Enterprise College, Kidderminster, Worcestershire
Students at Baxter College are motivated to read and are reading more independently since using Accelerated Reader. The wealth of data available through AR is helping staff to encourage students with their reading and to motivate them to make further success.
Sir Herbert Leon Academy, Milton Keynes
Students at an academy near Milton Keynes are more motivated to read now that they are making educated choices about their books. Borrowing figures from the library have increased, and reading has become an integral part of school life.
Holly Lodge Foundation High School College of Science, West Midlands
Many students have reading levels well below the national average when they join Holly Lodge. Since Accelerated Reader has been implemented, attitudes towards reading have been transformed and students are rapidly improving their reading skills. Ofsted inspectors noted the impact of AR in their latest inspection.
Perryfields High School Maths and Computing College, West Midlands
The LRC has been brought back to the forefront of student life at Perryfields. Students who traditionally avoided books are now discussing what they are reading with staff and other students.