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Ofsted 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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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.


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OFSTED: Accelerated Reader helping students develop a love of reading at a Bristol academy

Bristol Brunel Academy, Bristol, Avon

Having used Accelerated Reader for 5 years, Bristol Brunel Academy considers it 'an integral part of school life.'


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AR implementation leads to a revitalised library and OFSTED success at academy in Essex

Maltings Academy, Witham, Essex

Maltings Academy has been transformed from a 'Requires Improvement' rating by OFSTED to 'Outstanding'. The librarian praises AR for contributing to the turnaround.


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New routines lead to reading growth in every group

Ryde Academy, Isle of Wight

Since joining the Renaissance School Partnership, staff at Ryde Academy have put in place a routine for daily reading practice and progress monitoring. They have also rolled out a paired reading scheme that has seen a significant increase in students' reading ages.


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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.


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Update: Ofsted praises reading progress at rapidly improving academy in Lowestoft

East Point Academy, Suffolk

Under the RSP programme, Accelerated Reader has become more fully embedded in students' daily lives at East Point. The support from a dedicated programme manger has helped staff to focus on high-priority areas of their implementation, with the result that reading is part of school life and students are reading twice as much as they were before.


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AR, a well-resourced library and a range of motivators lead to upward trend in reading levels

Minster in Sheppey Primary School, Isle of Sheppey, Kent

Students were not making adequate progress with their reading skills at Minster in Sheppey Primary School. The school introduced Accelerated Reader to motivate students and monitor their progress. Supported by an increasingly busy library and a wide range of motivators, the programme has led to excellent growth in reading levels at Key Stage 1 and 2.


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Students gaining in confidence and benefiting from intervention informed by AR at academy in Cumbria

West Lakes Academy, Cumbria

Students are gaining in confidence with reading at West Lakes Academy because they know that they can access the books they are reading. Targeted intervention programmes, informed by data from AR, are helping students to make rapid progress in their reading levels.