Sherborne Primary wins international reading award!


Sherborne Primary pupils and staff are celebrating an outstanding year of reading by pupils throughout the school. Competing with schools from around the world, they have been declared winners of the Renaissance Award for Success and Achievement.

The award recognises educators across the globe for their dedication to teaching, and celebrates whole school achievements. The Renaissance software, called Accelerated Reader, helps track a pupil’s reading age and ability throughout their time at school. Children can keep track of how many books, and even words, they have read each year.
Felicity Griffiths, deputy headteacher at Sherborne Primary says: ‘Our children love reading – we’re lucky to have a vast selection of books in our library, and they know they can read what they love and what interests them.
We centre our English curriculum around sharing amazing reads and promoting a love of literature, and I think it’s because of this that we achieve amazing results. Over 95 per cent of children in Years 2 to 4 are meeting or exceeding their expected reading age, which is truly fantastic!
Last year, children in our school read 9,922 books, totalling nearly 64 million words! Pupils can earn awards for the number of books they read, and earn ‘millionaire’ badges when they exceed that many words.’.

Could you buy a book?
Sherborne Primary has also teamed up with local bookshop, Winstone’s in Sherborne, to further enrich their library. With such keen readers it is important to have a supply of new books to keep them interested, so the school have created a ‘Buy a book for the school’ wishlist, where families or members of the local community can donate a book to the school via the shop. If you are interested in donating a book, see the wishlist here


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