Reading is a top priority

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PUPILS at a school in Leigh Park have no excuse not to get reading – they’re given 20 minutes a day just to get stuck into a good book.

The initiative for all 12 and 13-year-olds at Park Community School is part of a wider strategy to boost literacy levels so that every school-leaver by 2015 achieves a minimum grade C in English – to give them a greater chance to succeed in life.

It’s an ambitious target but headteacher Chris Anders, who celebrated record GCSE results last year with 65 per cent of all students achieving A* to C in English, is aiming high.

He said: ‘This is about giving the children the opportunity to enjoy reading and to have a passion for it.

‘Reading is so important to access the whole curriculum – even maths GCSE papers are much more about problem solving than just sums.

‘If you can’t read you are at a major disadvantage.

‘It’s an ambitious target but I’m hopeful in five years’ time more children will do better in English and they will be much more confident readers.’