'What is Accelerated Reader (AR)?' to access more information please click on the link: Parent's Guide to Accelerated Reader

"Today a reader, tomorrow a leader" – Margaret Fuller

Reading Focus: Accelerated Reader

Across the school we are working to make sure students keep up the habit of regular, daily reading. This is especially important because of the disruption caused by COVID and the lock-downs in 2020 and the first months of this year. Students should carry a reading book with them at all times or have access to a digital book us-ing the SORA app, provided by the school.

To this end, students in Key Stage 3 have fort-nightly ‘Accelerated Reader’ lessons (these show up as ‘AR’ on the timetable). During these lessons they take part in reading skills activities and also log on to the Accelerated Reader (AR) computer program, which allows for tracking each student’s reading progress, via quizzes they take when they finish reading a book or an article, a range of which are available on the AR website itself.

Students in Years 7 to 9 take a reading test four times a year (called a STAR reading test), which assesses key skills such as information retrieval, comprehension and vocabulary. The test also provides a measure of reading age, which is detailed on our regular AP reports.
You can help your child with reading at home by check-ing if they have read for 20 minutes or more each day. If they finish a book at home, remind them to take the quiz on the AR site and ask them about their score. They can log on to the website. Accelerated Reader can be ac-cessed on any mobile device, allowing students to take quizzes on books and/or articles.

The link is provided below:

If you have any questions about your child’s progress, the SORA app or Accelerated Reader, please email

The O’Brien Library at St Mary’s is located in the heart of the school. Through our fiction and non-fiction collections we aim to educate, inspire, challenge and motivate our young people. The Library's opening times are: Mondays 8.15am - 3.20pm , Tuesdays - Fridays 8.15am - 4pm

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Key roles for the Library are:

We achieve these through providing:

We recognise and celebrate the contribution that family and friends make in encouraging our young people to be lifelong readers. Parents and guardians are welcome to contact the Learning Resource Centre Manager so that we can work together to support the needs of their child. 

Books & Biscuits Club! Fridays 3.15pm - 4pm

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