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Trust Wide Summer Reading Challenge

This summer we encouraged all of our schools to take part in a summer reading challenge, to ensure our pupils kept reading over the six week break. Hundreds of our primary children took part, reading and quizzing using the Accelerated Reader scheme, with over 450 quizzes taken and one child completing 12 books and 766,244 words! 


Created by our Trust English Lead the challenge was designed to reward the school with the most read words per child over the summer break. The winning school was Edward Bryant in Bognor Regis, which averaged a fantastic 7111 words read per child. Downsbrook Primary School in Worthing came in second place with 6080 words.

As winners of the Schoolsworks Summer Reading Challenge, we presented Edward Bryant with £100 of book vouchers to spend on library books for their children to read and enjoy. Downsbrook was awarded £50 of vouchers.  

It’s been very important to us to inspire children across our schools to read over the summer. Reading is a vital key to learning; it transcends every subject, broadens vocabulary and improves children’s insight into all of the work they do. 

We are delighted that so many of our children kept reading. A special mention must go to Ella in Year 4 at Edward Bryant who managed to read 766,244 words during the summer and quiz on 12 books. She was awarded with a £20 voucher for her incredible achievement. 

Ella shared her thoughts saying: “I loved this challenge and my favourite read was 'The Last Olympian' in the Percy Jackson series.”

Chris Seaton, Ella and Mrs Purkis at Edward Bryant School

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