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Literacy at Saint Wilfrid’s

Literacy is fundamental in every Learning Area at Saint Wilfrid’s Academy. In every subject we promote the importance of being able to:

Literacy Intervention.

If your child is struggling with any of the areas listed above, they may be selected for small-group literacy intervention.


Literacy intervention is led by our Literacy Lead Teacher – Gwen Rees. She works with small groups of students to improve their skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening.


If you have any questions about literacy provision at Saint Wilfrid’s Academy, please get in touch.





We are currently focussing on reading skills with year 7 in their Learning for Life lessons. To this end, we are now using a reading programme on ipads called Accelerated Reader.

Accelerated Reader is an excellent tool; it is used in schools around the globe to improve the reading habits of young people. 

Here at Saint Wilfrid’s Academy, we value the power of reading and how it can transform a student’s competence in terminal exams and in future life. In order to ensure that reading is given prominence in the curriculum, we have elected to use Accelerated Reader

We are initially using this with year 7 and are planning to roll-this-out to more year groups in the future. 

The scheme accurately assesses the reading level of each pupil and gives them a ZPD. This is a reading range score which informs students as to which books they should be reading. These books will be accessible and challenging, they will maximise the reading progress made by your child.

After each book is read, students are asked to log into their Accelerated Reader APP on their ipad to take a quiz. This quiz will assess their comprehension. Students are required to correctly answer at least 85% of the quiz questions correctly; this allows them to progress onto a more challenging book.

Each book read accrues points for the student. These points build-up and students can earn certificates, a place on the leader-board in the LRC and even prizes. 


If you want to find-out the reading level of books you have at home or in the shops, click here:



Students, if you want to take a quiz in school and you haven’t got your ipad, click here:



If you want to see how your child’s reading is progressing and set-up automatic emails, click here:



If you want some assistance with using HomeConnect, click here:



How does Renaissance Home Connect help me improve my child’s reading progress?


• You can view your child’s progress toward reading targets and reader certification, and view all books that your child has read and quizzes your child has taken.

• You can view all words your child has learned through Vocabulary Practice Quizzes. In addition, words the child missed are clearly marked so you can help your child learn those words.

• You can access an online search tool, AR BookFinder, to search for books using various criteria,

including author, subject or reading level.

• You can receive emails that reveal results for Reading Practice Quizzes and Vocabulary Practice Quizzes. The emails also provide links to the website where you can check progress.



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