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St Oliver Post Primary School: Reading for Well-being

St Oliver Post Primary, County Meath, Ireland

In St Oliver Post Primary, County Meath, Ireland, reading is an integral part of the school's core strategies. They drove their literary vision to promote positive mental health and wellbeing across the whole school community. The Literacy Coordinator & Assistant Principal, Caroline Lambden, said myON, Accelerated Reader and Star Reading are the main pillars of their literacy plan and they also bolster our wellbeing strategy.


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A New and Robust Literacy Strategy at Harold’s Cross National School, Ireland

Harold's Cross National School, Dublin, Ireland

Harold’s Cross National School have been using Accelerated Reader and Star Reading since 2018. In 2021, Harold’s Cross National School carried more Accelerated Reader quizzes than any other primary school in Ireland!


Increasing Reading Engagement with myON, the Digital Library

Scoil Bhríde, Edenderry, Ireland

Scoil Bhríde has been using Accelerated Reader and Star Reading since 2014 to support the school's literacy strategy. In 2020, the school invested in myON, the digital Library from Renaissance, to provide access to more texts for all pupils, on any device, at any time!


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Plugging the Reading Gap Post-Lockdown

Saltergate Junior School, North Yorkshire

Saltergate Junior School in North Yorkshire has been using Accelerated Reader and Star Reading since 2017 to support the school's leading development strategy. In addition, since April 2020, the school has been using myON, the digital library, to widen further reading access and engagement to all pupils throughout the school.


Supporting reading in the classroom and remotely, with myON

Mission Grove Primary School, London

Mission Grove Primary School has been using Accelerated Reader and Star Reading since 2006 to increase student growth and mastery in reading. Since August 2020, the school has carried out 47,104 AR quizzes and 2,794 Star Reading assessments and became the sixth school in the UK & Ireland which carried the most quizzes over the twelve months. Amid school closures, Mission Grove Primary School introduced myON to support the school’s literacy development strategy in 2020.


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Making gains across the whole curriculum

Hans Price Academy, Weston-super-Mare

Hans Price Academy in Weston-super-Mare has around 950 pupils and has been using Accelerated Reader for four years. We spoke to their librarian about the changes it has made across the school.


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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.


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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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“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.