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Rewarding Reads

A competition to improve literacy and encourage students to read for pleasure has been launched again this term.

The Accelerated Reader project uses specialist software that allocates individual book levels to students in years 7, 8 and 9.

That matches them to more than 4,000 library books that have been graded according to ability and once they have read an appropriate book, students complete an online quiz to see how well they have understood what they've read.

They earn rewards for every 10 quizzes they pass and an incentive competition will be run between forms and year groups, with the winning form presented with a trophy every fortnight.

In addition, Year 8 students will be competing against their peers at Brooke Weston in an inter-academy competition.

Librarian Amy McKay said: "The competition is a fantastic example of collaboration between the two schools, but even more importantly, the light-hearted rivalry is encouraging students to read."