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Latest success stories from Renaissance Learning

Academy Success Stories

Unlocking the value of Star Assessments

River Beach Primary School, Littlehampton

River Beach Primary School is part of Schoolsworks Academy Trust and is located in Littlehampton, West Sussex. It has one of the largest percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals in the local authority. We spoke to Joe Neale, who was the English lead during the implementation of Accelerated Reader in 2015 and has since gone on to become an assistant headteacher and the lead for English and AR at the school, about the success they've had with Renaissance!


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Helping to provide and nurture a lifelong core skill

Northampton International Academy, Northampton

Northampton International Academy first opened its doors in September 2016 and currently its Year 7 and 8 pupils use Accelerated Reader. In July 2019, Northampton International Academy had its first Ofsted inspection and was graded ‘Good’, with specific praise given to their strong reading culture. Tracey Frohawk, the Learning Resource Centre Manager at the school, has been instrumental in the integration of AR.


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Accelerated Reader school announced as Secondary School of the Year!

Cathedral Academy, Wakefield

Cathedral Academy, in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, has been crowned Secondary School of the Year in the Tes School Awards 2019! We spoke with Judy Pescod, the school librarian, about how the features of Accelerated Reader and Star Reading have helped grow Cathedral Academy to the impressive institute it is today…


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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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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 we raised literacy levels in our Year 7 and 8 students

by Nadia Ward and Debbie Kennedy, Wilmington Academy, Dartford

Wilmington Academy is a mixed, non-selective secondary academy and part of the Leigh Academies Trust, with a much higher ratio of boys to girls (65% vs. 35%). Nadia Ward (Assistant Principal & Director of Literacy) and Debbie Kennedy (Academy Librarian) share their story on how they raised literacy levels in their school.


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Assessment made easy at Manor Leas Junior Academy

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.


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How to embed literacy across the curriculum

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.


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Accelerated Reader at the forefront of reading culture at Redriff Primary School

Redriff Primary School, Southwark, London

Redriff Primary School have launched a concerted effort to transform the school's reading culture. Charlotte Heath, Assistant Head, discusses the effects the programme has had.


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AR implementation leads to a revitalised library and Ofsted success at academy in Essex

Maltings Academy, Witham, Essex

Maltings Academy has been transformed from a 'Requires Improvement' rating by OFSTED to 'Outstanding'. The librarian praises AR for contributing to the turnaround.