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Latest success stories from Renaissance Learning

Secondary Success Stories

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Engaging reluctant readers and encouraging reading for pleasure

The Michaelston and Glyn Derw High School Federation, Cardiff

Before federating with Michaelston Community College in 2015, Glyn Derw High School implemented Renaissance Accelerated Reader™in 2014 with years 7, 8 and 9, having seen another school in Cardiff achieve impressive results with the programme. The school was recognised as one of the highest achieving schools using Accelerated Reader™ at the 2016 Renaissance Awards: Maria Dell, Librarian, describes the impact on reading in school that the programme has brought about.


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Impacting Whole School Literacy at Cardiff High School

Cardiff High School, Cardiff, South Glamorgan

Cardiff High School, which was found to be the top performing secondary school in Wales in 2016, has seen Accelerated Reader have a dramatic impact on literacy across the school.


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‘Hitting the reading for pleasure button’ at Mill Chase Academy

Mill Chase Academy, Bordon, Hampshire

Mill Chase Academy is a secondary school in Hampshire in its fourth year of using Accelerated Reader and Star Reading. Dominic Carney, the school's library practitioner, believes the programmes have enabled the school to closely track reading age and progress, while empowering the library.





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Renaissance Accelerated Reader is ‘The single most effective literacy strategy we have put in place’

Oasis Academy Wintringham, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire

Since implementing Accelerated Reader in 2008, Oasis Academy Wintringham have seen huge improvements in reading standards throughout the school.


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Celebrating Reading Accomplishments with Renaissance Accelerated Reader

Oasis Academy Wintringham, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire

Following their introduction of Renaissance Accelerated Reader, Oasis Academy Wintringham have seen reading culture transformed at their school.


Part of the story: ‘Master School’ using Renaissance Star Assessments to precisely establish reading progress

Wolsingham School, Wolsingham, County Durham

Wolsingham School are making use of STAR Reading to closely assess student progress and identify those in need of support, and are seeing drastic improvements in student reading age and GCSE results.


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Recognising reading attainment with Accelerated Reader

Neston High School, Neston, Cheshire

5 years ago, Neston High School implemented AR. Since then, they have seen more and more books being read and enjoyed, and a reading culture has blossomed.