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Latest success stories from Renaissance Learning

Secondary Success Stories

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Reading ages, pupil wellbeing and exam readiness: setting our pupils up for life

Glenrothes High School, Fife

From improving reading ages, an increased focus on pupils' mental wellbeing, and increased confidence and readiness for exams, Graeme Keir shares the impact that Accelerated Reader has had on his school.


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“We can make a real difference to their learning.”

Glyn School, Ewell

Glyn School a boys' comprehensive secondary school in Ewell, Surrey, have been using Accelerated Reader for just over a year, and implemented the programme in the summer of 2018 to boost literacy levels across Key Stage 3. We spoke to Caroline Woolridge, the school librarian, and Jade Phillips, the KS3 coordinator, about how the programme has influenced both students and teachers at the school.


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“When Accelerated Reader is used well, I guarantee you will be elated with the results.”

Bo'ness Academy, Falkirk, Scotland

Bo’ness Academy is a secondary school based in Falkirk, Scotland. In the 2018/19 academic year students at the school read 2,661 books on Accelerated Reader, and undertook 1,171 Star Reading assessments. Impressive stats for a school with only 669 pupils! Hear from Sam Phillips, Principal Teacher of Literacy at Bo’ness Academy, about what Accelerated Reader has done for them.


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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…


Engaging reluctant readers with myON

Nishkam High School, Birmingham

Nishkam High School in Birmingham, an avid Accelerated Reader user, was one of the first schools in the UK to use myON with its students! Here, Sharan Kaur, the school’s librarian, discusses how she’s found it so far.


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Congratulations to Casterton College!

Casterton College, Rutland

Casterton College was shortlisted for Secondary School of the Year in the Tes Schools Awards 2019! The school’s librarian, Debbie Scott, tells us using Accelerated Reader since 2015 has helped them to achieve the school’s incredible performance.


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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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“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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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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Establishing a school-wide reading ethos

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.


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