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Latest success stories from Renaissance Learning

Comprehension Success Stories

Unlocking the value of Star Assessments

River Beach Primary School, Littlehampton

River Beach Primary School is part of Schoolsworks Academy Trust and is located in Littlehampton, West Sussex. It has one of the largest percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals in the local authority. We spoke to Joe Neale, who was the English lead during the implementation of Accelerated Reader in 2015 and has since gone on to become an assistant headteacher and the lead for English and AR at the school, about the success they've had with Renaissance!


The complete literacy solution: a Q&A with primary headteacher Richard Slade

Plumcroft Primary School, Greenwich

We spoke to Richard Slade, a Greenwich-based primary headteacher, about the complete literacy solution he's implemented at his school.


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“Ahead of expectations or well above them” – what Accelerated Reader did for Charlotte House

Charlotte House Preparatory School, Rickmansworth

Charlotte House Prep School is an independent all-girls’ Nursery and Prep School in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, for girls aged 3-11. They’ve been using Accelerated Reader since 2018. Here, Caroline Guise, the school’s Head of English and SENCo, tells us the difference it’s made to their school.


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“Children are talking about the books they love.”

St Joseph’s Primary School, Greenock, Scotland

St Joseph’s Primary School in Greenock, Inverclyde, is a small school with about 150 pupils on roll. Mark Deegan is the school’s Depute Headteacher, and we spoke to him about the difference he’s seen at St Joseph’s since Accelerated Reader was introduced.


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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 is “firmly at the core of our reading culture”

Cromer Junior School, Cromer, Norfolk

Cromer Junior School in Cromer, Norfolk, has around 300 pupils age between 7 and 11. They started using Accelerated Reader in 2014! Here, Suzanne Ashpole, the school’s Deputy Headteacher, shares their story from implementing the programme in 2014 until today.


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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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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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‘Children are more likely to become lifelong readers now’, two months after implementing Renaissance Accelerated Reader

White Rose Primary School, New Tredegar, Gwent

Having brought on Accelerated Reader as part of the Caerphilly Reading Project, White Rose Primary have seen immediate improvements in reading engagement, particularly among boys.


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Improving the transparency of reading at Ormiston Primary School

Ormiston Primary School, Tranent, East Lothian

Having implemented Accelerated Reader Helen Gardyne, Head Teacher, believes it has had a dramatic impact on reading engagement and comprehension.