Kirkby school wins praise for reading boost

Abbey Hill Primary School, Kirkby, has come in the top three nationally in the Every Child A Reader awards.''back l-r Lesley Amatt, Laura Day, Patricia Gregory, Kate Paley. front l-r Jesse-Jo Clarke-Swain 6, Brandon Wells 6, Alesha Brown 6, Katy Withington 9.
Abbey Hill Primary School, Kirkby, has come in the top three nationally in the Every Child A Reader awards.''back l-r Lesley Amatt, Laura Day, Patricia Gregory, Kate Paley. front l-r Jesse-Jo Clarke-Swain 6, Brandon Wells 6, Alesha Brown 6, Katy Withington 9.
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A Kirkby primary school has been recognised for its efforts in improving its pupils’ literacy levels at a national awards ceremony in London.

Abbey Hill Primary School was a finalist for the title of Reading Recovery School of the Year in the subcategory of ‘Growth of Professional Learning About Early Literacy Throughout the School’.

The school made the shortlist after using the Reading Recovery programme to improve its children’s reading ability, with its teachers and teaching assistants becoming ‘very skilled’ at teaching reading and improving attainment.

Julia Douetil, head of the European Centre for Reading Recovery, presented the school with a Dartington Crystal trophy and certificate at the ceremony at the Institute of Education in London.

She said that Abbey Hill had shown its commitment to ensuring all children become good readers and writers, and it is ‘an example for schools everywhere’.

Kate Paley, the school’s Reading Recovery teacher, said: “Over the last three years we have worked extremely hard to ensure that children receive high quality teaching of reading.

“We quickly identify any child who is struggling and put the necessary support and interventions into place. Our teachers and teaching assistants have become very skilled at teaching reading and it is fantastic that all our hard work has been recognised.”

Since becoming a Reading Recovery school, Abbey Hill’s Key Stage 1 SATS results have improved by 40 per cent.

In 2012, 94 per cent of children achieved a level 2c or above in their reading, compared with 54 per cent in 2010.