Latest success stories from Renaissance Learning

Assessment Success Stories

Focusing assessment on English and maths proficiency

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.


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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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“Developing mature and sophisticated readers” at Swansea Primary School

St. Illtyd's Primary School, Swansea, West Glamorgan

After introducing Renaissance Accelerated Reader, children at St. Illtyd's Primary School are more motivated to read than ever.


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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.


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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‘A tremendous success’: AR leads to increased enjoyment of reading and a strong reading culture at Northern Ireland primary school

St. Peter's Primary School, Collegeland, N. Ireland

St. Peter's Primary has been using AR since June 2014. Principal Jim McAlinden observes a thriving Reading Culture as a result.


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“All students are making rapid and outstanding progress” at outstanding academy in Hull

The Boulevard Academy, Kingston upon Hull

Recently judged 'outstanding' in every category, Ofsted inspectors are particularly impressed with the reading programme at the Boulevard Academy. Staff are supported by the Renaissance School Partnership programme, which provides data analysis and professional development to promote success. As a result, students are making outstanding progress in every measure.