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Reading Culture Success Stories

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The Merseyside primary school with the complete literacy solution

Prescot Primary School, Merseyside

Prescot Primary School can be found in Knowsley, Merseyside, the second-poorest local authority in the country. Their percentage of EAL students is very low at only 5.7%, but they were still seeing low reading scores in their students.Since implementing Accelerated Reader in 2016, and later adding myON, they've been doing some awesome things. We spoke to Steve George, the headteacher, as well as Dawn Molloy, the school librarian, to find out what it is about the Renaissance literacy solution that works so well.


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Using Accelerated Reader to empower reluctant readers

Thorpedene Primary School, Shoeburyness

Thorpedene Primary School is a large primary school in Shoeburyness, Essex. We spoke to two of their members of staff about how the programme has impacted on their students and supported their vision of creating a culture of reading for pleasure.


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“We can make a real difference to their learning.”

Glyn School, Ewell

Glyn School a boys' comprehensive secondary school in Ewell, Surrey, have been using Accelerated Reader for just over a year, and implemented the programme in the summer of 2018 to boost literacy levels across Key Stage 3. We spoke to Caroline Woolridge, the school librarian, and Jade Phillips, the KS3 coordinator, about how the programme has influenced both students and teachers at the school.


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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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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“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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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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“Accelerated Reader has proved to be invaluable.”

Ashford School, Ashford, Kent

Leeann Royle is the librarian at the prep school at Ashford School in Kent, catering for ages 3-11. They have been using Accelerated Reader since 2010. Here, she talks about her experience with the programme.


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