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Latest success stories from Renaissance Learning

Ofsted 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!


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Helping to provide and nurture a lifelong core skill

Northampton International Academy, Northampton

Northampton International Academy first opened its doors in September 2016 and currently its Year 7 and 8 pupils use Accelerated Reader. In July 2019, Northampton International Academy had its first Ofsted inspection and was graded ‘Good’, with specific praise given to their strong reading culture. Tracey Frohawk, the Learning Resource Centre Manager at the school, has been instrumental in the integration of AR.


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From ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Outstanding’ – a primary school’s journey

Florence Melly Community Primary School, Liverpool

Florence Melly Community Primary School was previously deemed Requires Improvement by Ofsted – until June 2019 when they achieved an Outstanding rating! Within the Ofsted report, there was specific mention of how strong the school’s system is for reading. We spoke to Ken, the headteacher, and Barbara, the school librarian, to find out what has worked so well with Accelerated Reader.


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“It has worked for us.”

Milton Hall Primary School, Westcliff-on-Sea

The Head of Literacy at Milton Hall Primary School shares the school's secrets to fast, effective reading improvement.


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From Special Measures to Good, supported by Accelerated Reader

Coupals Primary Academy, Haverhill

Previously, Coupals Primary Academy was in Special Measures and students were below the national average for KS2 SATs. But with the support of Renaissance Accelerated Reader™, it is now rated 'Good' by Ofsted and their pupils have been achieving above national average results at the end of KS2 SATs for the past three years.


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To be among the top five schools in the country is incredible, and my vision now is to become a beacon to schools in other areas of high deprivation…

Ward Jackson CE Primary School, Hartlepool

Like many schools located in areas with high levels of social deprivation, Ward Jackson CE Primary School in Hartlepool has long been regarded as something of a 'problem child' - facing mutiple challenges with staff turnover, poor pupil performance, high levels of mobility and a 'requires improvement' rating from Ofsted. However, unlike many schools of this type, however, 100% of Year 6 pupils at Ward Jackson achieved expected outcomes in their most recent SATs results and is now ranked among the top five schools in the country for progress in reading...


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My teachers have more information than ever on learning and progress, and a lower workload

Battle & Langton CE Primary School, Battle, England

Gary Alexander, Deputy Head Teacher at Battle & Langton Primary, takes us through his journey of assessment without levels. He speaks about how Star was trialled with Year 3 and Year 5 pupils in his school and how they journeyed on to predicting their pupils SATs results with Star Assessments.


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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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OFSTED applaud motivated readers at Whitehill Primary

Whitehill Primary School, Gravesend, Kent

The school have used Accelerated Reader for a full academic year and have seen children's reading scores and attitudes transform dramatically, drawing praise from OFSTED for the reading enthusiasm they have inspired.


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Boys are reading for pleasure following AR implementation at Maidenhead boys’ secondary school

Desborough College, Maidenhead, Berkshire

Desborough College, a boys' secondary comprehensive school in Maidenhead, has seen a flourishing reading culture following their implementation of AR.