Ofsted Success Stories
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...
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.
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.
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.
Desborough College, Maidenhead, Berkshire
Desborough College, a boys' secondary comprehensive school in Maidenhead, has seen a flourishing reading culture following their implementation of AR.
Bristol Brunel Academy, Bristol, Avon
Having used Accelerated Reader for 5 years, Bristol Brunel Academy considers it 'an integral part of school life.'
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.
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.
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.
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.