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Walthamstow School for Girls Ofsted Outstanding Provider

Accelerated Reading (AR) Programme


At Walthamstow School for Girls we place great importance on developing reading and understanding skills, which ultimately impacts immensely across the whole curriculum and benefits students as they progress towards their GCSEs.

Renaissance Learning (responsible for our Accelerated Reading lessons) has provided students with access to numerous online books from a huge variety of genres through their myON service. We cannot stress enough the importance of maintaining regular reading, and then quizzing on the books read to indicate understanding of the content. 

We would like to encourage our students to continue with their Accelerated Reader (AR) lessons - reading and quizzing as often as possible.  AR lessons in school are only a small part of the need for reading, as it is recommended that all students read for a minimum of 30 minutes per day.  Reading should be both pleasurable and a way of extending learning.  In addition, this can be a fun activity for all the family - read, discuss and challenge one another in a variety of ways: understanding, changing characters, guess endings, change endings - the ideas are plentiful

Here are the links to both websites:

Renaissance Learning (Accelerated Reader)

myON online books

If there are any problems, please contact the info@ email and ask for your concern to be forwarded to either Miss Jolliffe or Mrs Kelly.

Logging into Accelerated Reader from Home 

To log on to Accelerated Reader from home you need to follow this link

Please ensure that the link at the top of your computer screen is showing "ukhosted56".   Some of our computers at school revert to "ukhosted46" or other numbers, so try to check that the link is showing 56. 

You can log on via Google Chrome, or if your computer is blocking the site, try via Internet Explorer.

If a student is having problems logging on, please contact me by e-mail

I hope you and your families are all well.

Mrs Kelly

AR News - 31 May 2020 


Accelerated Reader ​- Million Words Achievements 

1 Million

Hannah H, Abrish, Zara F, Sophia M, Hira,  Billie, Husna T

2 Million

Laiba H, Imogen, Myla V

3 Million

Haniya F, Manahel, Evie  Sky

5 Million 


Well done everyone for reaching your Million Words milestones during lockdown.

Mrs Kelly
LRC Manager

Accelerated Reader Quizzers 

Accelerated Reader is a highly successful customised reading programme, designed to help develop and improve students’ literacy levels and to encourage our students to have a lifelong love of reading, regardless of aptitude and ability.

Walthamstow School for Girls has invested in the Accelerated Reader scheme for students in Years 7 and 8.

Students complete a reading assessment and are given their reading range, which is also known as a ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development).  This acts as a guide for students to select books appropriate to their reading level.  Students in Years 7 and 8 have an Accelerated Reader lesson every fortnight to support their development of reading and comprehension.

Significant improvement

Accelerated Reader produces “particularly positive effects” according to an independent study by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and Durham University.

“The internet-based programme increased the reading age of pupils by three additional months in just 22 weeks. The effect on low-income pupils was even greater, with their reading age improving by five additional months in the same amount of time.”

Students are able to borrow books from the school’s well-resourced LRC, run by our librarian, Ms Kelly.  We also encourage students to swap books and borrow books from their local library.

It is recommended that students read for a minimum of half an hour every day – including at the weekends and during school holidays.  This is important if students are to continue to develop their literacy levels.  There are over 19,000 book titles on the Accelerated Reader programme.  Students can look for books here

Parents can log on to the AR website to see how their child is progressing by clicking on to the Home Connect icon.

Appropriate challenge

Pupils develop reading skills most effectively when they read appropriately challenging books – difficult enough to keep them engaged but not so difficult that they become frustrated. This is their ‘Zone of Proximal Development’ (ZPD)

Accelerated Reader Student App

Accelerated Reader quizzes can be taken on computers, laptops, tablets, and through the Accelerated Reader Student App for Apple iOS® devices.

Accelerated Reader BookFinder

The dedicated online book-searching tool Accelerated Reader BookFinder is publicly available to students, parents, teachers and librarians so they can identify appropriate books that are also of interest.

Positive attitudes

The National Literacy Trust’s second independent research report into the reading habits of students using Accelerated Reader was published earlier this year.

“Children and young people who use Accelerated Reader tend to enjoy reading more, do it more often and think more positively about reading than their peers who do not use Accelerated Reader. They are also more likely to see a link between reading and their successes.”

Dr Christina Clark, National Literacy Trust

Year 7 & Year 8 Accelerated Reader Lessons in the LRC

Students have a fortnightly AR lesson where we monitor their independent reading and support their literacy levels.   They take a test four times during the year and are encouraged to take a quiz after reading a book. Results are used to look at their understanding of the book and to suggest further reading.

A parent's guide to Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360 can be found here.