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Accelerated Reader Success Stories

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A new strategy to improve reading, as recognised by Ofsted

Theale Green School, West Berkshire, England

Theale Green School in West Berkshire has been using Accelerated Reader and Star Reading since 2014.

In 2020, Head of English Emily joined the school already familiar with Accelerated Reader, using the reading assessment resource in her previous school.

Being an advocate of the quality of data and insight that Accelerated Reader and Star Reading give to staff and school leaders, Emily took complete administrative duties for the programme's operation at Theale Green School.

Subsequently, in May 2022, Theale Gren School received a 'Good' Ofsted inspection report with specific praise for the school's reading development strategy.


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“Pupils talk with enthusiasm about the books they’ve read” – Ofsted at Woodlands Primary School

Woodlands Primary School, Wirral, England

Woodlands Primary School has been using Accelerated Reader and Star Reading since 2020 to support their reading development strategy. Following an Ofsted inspection in May 2022, the school received a 'Good' inspection report, explicitly recognising the school's reading development strategy.


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More pupils than ever before reaching the higher standard of reading at The Learning for Life Partnership

The Learning for Life Partnership, North West, England

All five schools at the Learning for Life Partnership use Accelerated Reader and Star Reading to support their respective reading development strategy.

In July 2022, following the success the trust had recently had with more pupils meeting the higher level expected standard in reading than ever before, we got in touch with Director of Education Jo, who explained the impact of Accelerated Reader and Star Reading having throughout the trust.


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An Ofsted approved well oiled reading machine at Rodborough School

Rodborough School, Surrey, England

Rodborough School has been using Accelerated Reader and Star Reading since 2004! 

In May 2022, the school received a 'Good' Ofsted inspection report. In the report, the inspector made specific observations on the school's successful reading development strategy


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Ofsted recognised reading culture at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Plymouth, England

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School in Plymouth has been using Accelerated Reader and Star Reading since 2019 to support the school's reading development strategy. In May 2022, the school celebrated the fantastic news of receiving a 'Good' Ofsted inspection report. In the report, the inspector made several observations about the school's incredibly successful reading development strategy, including the following:


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Reading Culture at Leighton Academy

Leighton Academy, Cheshire, England

From August 2020 to April 2022, the pupils of Leighton Academy in Cheshire completed over 28,000 Accelerated Reader book quizzes and more than 3,000 Star Reading assessments to promote reading for pleasure and as part of their literacy development strategy.



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“Pupils go home with a book that they know they can read. This helps them practise the sounds they are learning.” – Ofsted

Chopwell Primary School, Gateshead, England

Chopwell Primary School have been using Accelerated Reader and Star Reading since 2017.

In April 2022, the school discovered the fantastic news that they'd received a 'Good' Ofsted inspection report. The inspector's report specifically observed the school's successful reading development strategy.


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An Ode to Our Librarian, at Graham School

Graham School, North Yorkshire, England

Graham School has been using Accelerated Reader and Star Reading for almost a decade to provide students with more access to reading and develop a reading culture for pleasure.


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Pupils Are Taking Reading Ownership at The Godolphin Junior Academy

The Godolphin Junior Academy , Slough

Over the last twelve months, The Godolphin Junior Academy has carried out the seventeenth-most Accelerated Reader quizzes in the UK & Ireland by completing 39,985 AR quizzes and 2,317 Star Reading. Correspondingly, a steady increase is found in both pupils' average AR reading level (+8.64%) and Star Reading ZPD level (+10.29%) at the Academy.