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11/6/12_SM'Bonnie Potter (13) and Abu Fahed (14) with their library cards with classmates at the Charter Academy in Portsmouth.''Picture: Steve Reid (122005-707)
11/6/12_SM'Bonnie Potter (13) and Abu Fahed (14) with their library cards with classmates at the Charter Academy in Portsmouth.''Picture: Steve Reid (122005-707)

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A Portsmouth school is celebrating being the first in the city to have every single one of its pupils signed up to the library.

Charter Academy, in Southsea, encouraged all of its pupils to join the library and they were issued with cards, giving them access to any Portsmouth City Council library.

The move is part of the school’s ongoing campaign to improve all of its students’ literacy levels and give them wider access to quality books.

Vice principal Naomi Carter says: ‘We want to give the kids access to good quality books because some of them don’t have that at home, and the ones that do get more of a choice.

‘A child’s reading age is so important. It not only determines how much of the school curriculum they can access, but it also determines their future. We want to give them a passport to college, university and a career of their choice and a good reading age is integral to that.’