Secondary Success Stories
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.
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.
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.
Hayle Academy, Hayle, Cornwall
In their first term of Accelerated Reader implementation, Hayle Academy have revolutionised their reading approach across the curriculum.
Pendle Vale College, Nelson, Lancashire
Pendle Vale College first introduced Accelerated Reader in 2011. In 2016 the first group to use it completed their GCSEs, and achieved the school's strongest ever results! Anita Vine, Librarian, describes the impact implementation has had on reading attitudes and achievement.
The Boulevard Academy, Kingston, Humberside
The Boulevard Academy have used Star Assessments for reading and maths as their primary means of assessing progress and attainment since the school opened in 2013. The school focuses heavily on literacy and numeracy, with their main goal in KS3 being for all students to achieve proficiency in these areas in preparation for the GCSE curriculum. Chris Navier and Adele Elliott share how Star enables the school to do this.
Colne Primet Academy, Colne, Lancashire
Having used Accelerated Maths for less than a year, Colne Primet Academy are already seeing big changes with attitudes towards maths, intervention, and the school's ability to monitor progress.
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.
Copthall School, Mill Hill, London
Students at Copthall School in London are achieving almost an hour of daily engaged reading time, following the school's usage of Accelerated Reader to implement reading interventions, incentives and targets.