Reading Quality Mark
We are very pleased to announce that the school was recently successful in its application for the Reading Quality Mark. Overall, we were awarded the Silver Mark, with lots of elements of the gold criteria also achieved. This is a fantastic achievement as it is the first time that we have been assessed for the award.
This is the result of lots of hard work by all the staff in the school (and not just the teaching staff) and pupils, with much appreciated contributions and support from governors and parents/carers and led by Mr Doyle. We would like to thank parents/carers for their attendance and support of events such as the Booknics and Stay & Read sessions. It would not have been possible to achieve the award without it being the result of promotion of reading by the whole school community.
The staff have noted and commented on the fact that there is much more independent reading taking place both at home and in school (most pupils are taking up the offer of an extra ten minutes quiet reading in school each day before registration). Thank you to our families for supporting this. Surveys have been conducted in school, which show that lots more of our pupils do read more frequently at home, visit their local libraries and generally enjoy reading for pleasure more than they used to. We cannot stress enough how important it is for children to read frequently in their own time (we recommend a short period of reading every night).
Staff have also enjoyed sharing their reading preferences with pupils and each other at staff meetings and via the “Book Swap Shop” in school, which some parents/carers are also enjoying (which is very pleasing to note)! Feel free to take a book to read from the candy cart in the office area of the school – you do not need to donate a book before taking one – all that we ask is that you return the book once you have read it. Please share your love of reading with your children and discuss books and reading preferences with them. Those children who see parents/carers as reading role models tend to make much more rapid progress in their own reading.
If you feel that you need help with reading with your child, refer to the handbook that was recently sent out and put on the school website or feel free to discuss with a member of staff.
Thank you for your continued support for reading and look out for further reading related events in school.