Latest success stories from Renaissance Learning

Ofsted Success Stories

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A complete change in attitude towards reading with the results to show for it!

St Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic School, Birmingham

In 2013 St Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic School, part of the Lumen Christi Multi-Academy Trust, invested in Accelerated Reader (AR) and Star Reading (SR) to promote a love and motivation for reading amongst their students.

Since then, the school have gone on to see a year-on-year improvement in their Progress 8 score. Most notably, the Progress 8 score for their disadvantaged pupils has increased substantially over the last two years. In 2019, according to the DfE's latest published data, the school performed within the top 29% of all secondary schools in Birmingham based on Progress 8 Score.


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How we changed attitudes towards reading with the Complete Literacy Solution from Renaissance

Boothferry Primary School, East Riding of Yorkshire

In 2017, Accelerated Reader and Star Reading was brought in to support the school's literacy strategy and promote more positive attitudes towards reading. In February 2019, the school received a 'Good' Ofsted inspection report, with specific recognition of the school's teaching of reading:

"The teaching of reading is a strength of the school. Teachers provide high-quality support for pupils to develop their reading comprehension. Pupils confidently talk about their whole-school reading challenge, which motivates them to gain rewards for reading regularly."


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Providing structure to every child’s reading pattern

New Barn School, Horsham

Accelerated Reader and Star Reading have helped teachers to monitor progress by observing their change of Reading Age as well as looking at how strong they are in the different components of Reading.


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The Complete Literacy Solution at Finham Park Multi-Academy Trust

Finham Park Multi Academy Trust, Coventry

In 2017, Finham Park School, Finham Park 2 and Lyng Hall School all invested in Accelerated Reader and Star Reading to improve literacy levels and develop a sustainable reading culture. In July 2020, they also invested in myON by Renaissance, the online digital library, to tackle a further loss to reading development to support the blended learning throughout the 20/21 academic year. This is their story.


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The north east multi-academy trust with a new-look assessment strategy

Wise Academies, North East

We spoke to Natalie Fountain, Executive Head and Regional Hub Leader (Sunderland) who has been in her role at Wise Academies for almost two years about how the trust use Accelerated Reader.


Unlocking the value of Star Assessments

River Beach Primary School, Littlehampton

River Beach Primary School is part of Schoolsworks Academy Trust and is located in Littlehampton, West Sussex. It has one of the largest percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals in the local authority. We spoke to Joe Neale, who was the English lead during the implementation of Accelerated Reader in 2015 and has since gone on to become an assistant headteacher and the lead for English and AR at the school, about the success they've had with Renaissance!


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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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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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“It has worked for us.”

Milton Hall Primary School, Westcliff-on-Sea

The Head of Literacy at Milton Hall Primary School shares the school's secrets to fast, effective reading improvement.


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From Special Measures to Good, supported by Accelerated Reader

Coupals Primary Academy, Haverhill

Previously, Coupals Primary Academy was in Special Measures and students were below the national average for KS2 SATs. But with the support of Renaissance Accelerated Reader™, it is now rated 'Good' by Ofsted and their pupils have been achieving above national average results at the end of KS2 SATs for the past three years.