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Latest success stories from Renaissance Learning

Primary Success Stories

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Changing mindsets around reading

Countess Anne CofE Primary School, Hatfield, Hertforshire

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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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!

by Head Teacher Martin Kesley at The Raglan Schools, Enfield EN1 2NS

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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Part 2: My journey with Star as an Accelerated Reader School

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". Joe Neale, English Subject Leader at River Beach Primary, takes us through the school's journey of monitoring progress and growth with Accelerated Reader and Star Assessments.


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“A natural way to improve English”

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.


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The first Accelerated Reader school in Ireland

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.


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