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Reading for Pleasure Success Stories


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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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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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Accelerated Reader school announced as Secondary School of the Year!

Cathedral Academy, Wakefield

Cathedral Academy, in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, has been crowned Secondary School of the Year in the Tes School Awards 2019! We spoke with Judy Pescod, the school librarian, about how the features of Accelerated Reader and Star Reading have helped grow Cathedral Academy to the impressive institute it is today…


Engaging reluctant readers with myON

Nishkam High School, Birmingham

Nishkam High School in Birmingham, an avid Accelerated Reader user, was one of the first schools in the UK to use myON with its students! Here, Sharan Kaur, the school’s librarian, discusses how she’s found it so far.


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Congratulations to Casterton College!

Casterton College, Rutland

Casterton College was shortlisted for Secondary School of the Year in the Tes Schools Awards 2019! The school’s librarian, Debbie Scott, tells us using Accelerated Reader since 2015 has helped them to achieve the school’s incredible performance.


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“A year’s worth of student progress made in just a few months!”

Sunmarke School, Dubai

Renaissance spoke with Dolores Elliot-Wilson, Chief Librarian from Sunmarke school to discuss the impact of Accelerated Reader and Star Reading on ELL (English Language Learners), library engagement and top tips for aspiring schools.


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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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