A grant of £1,500 is to give pupils at Radipole Primary School access to the accelerated reading programme that has already given students at Wey Valley and St Nicholas & St Laurence Primary schools a new enthusiasm for reading.

The grant is being awarded by The ASPECT Trust, a co-operative educational charity based at the Wey Valley campus, to enable pupils in Years 5 and 6 at Radipole to access new books to suit all abilities, from bestsellers to brand new copies of the old classics.

Rob Cole, company secretary to the ASPECT Trust said: “Trustees are very pleased to support pupils and staff at Radipole Primary School, and hope the accelerated reading programme will take off there in the same way it has at Wey Valley and St Nich’s.

“This innovative scheme involves students in taking an on-line quiz to test their understanding of what they have read every time they finish a book, and the youngsters seem to love it.”

Nearly 400 students on the Wey Valley Campus have taken part in the reading programme since October 2014, with nearly 2,000 books or 40 million words read.

Estimates indicate that the programme produces an average of two years’ reading age growth in just one academic year, while promoting reading for pleasure. A powerful tool for monitoring and managing independent reading practice, it also enables teachers to create a reading programme to meet the needs of every student.

Veronique Singer, Headteacher at Radipole Primary School said: “We are delighted to receive this grant which will bolster our reading resources and provide new support for the children’s literacy projects. We hope to expand the programme to include lower year groups too, in due course.”

Alison Oakes, librarian at Radipole Primary, said: “With the support of colleagues at The Wey Valley School we now have other bid applications in place to support our library and provide our pupils with a great range of books.”

Eileen Glynn, learning resource manager at Wey Valley said: “With the addition of the pupils from Radipole Primary, we now have nearly 500 students across three schools working really hard on the accelerated reading programme.  This will increase to over 650 students by September when Wey Valley rolls out the programme into Year 9, a development which owes much to student feedback as well as the positive impact on literacy we’ve seen in school.”