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Reading Team

We are passionate about reading in Strontian Primary School. We all read daily in small reading groups/individually and listen to each other read aloud. A highlight of our day is our very protected daily quiet reading time after lunch where we all read for enjoyment, either a book of our own choice or the First NewsPaper that we subscribe to as a school. We enjoy a good mix of fiction and nonfiction. Our Reading Team is made up of children who are passionate about reading. They promote reading for pleasure in the school and Nursery in many ways. 



Strontian Primary School is the first school in Highland to achieve Gold Accreditation

in the Scottish Book Trusts Reading School Award.


We also have weekly dedicated whole school reading/story times where the Principal Teacher reads to us. We have all thoroughly enjoyed listening to books including ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ by Onjali Q Rauf and just recently ‘Twitch’ by M G Leonard. 

We have close links with and regularly visit Ardnamurchan library, which is located in Ardnamurchan High School, next door.

We have regular visiting readers from the community, the High School and our families.

We have a Reading Team made up of pupils who wanted to take on this role. Please take a few minutes to read some quotes from pupils, staff, parents and visitors to our school including some of the children’s reasons for wanting to be in this team were…

We have recently written to our favourite authors telling them about this award, asking why they think reading and books are so important and telling them why we love their books so much. We are looking forward to getting replies and hope to create an inspirational Author’s Wall displaying the letters, to celebrate achieving GOLD!


In an email, congratulating the school, the Reading Schools project manager said…

‘It was very inspiring to read about all your hard work as a school that has gone into building and sustaining a reading culture.

Having looked through all of your excellent evidence, I am delighted to let you know that you have achieved your Reading School: Gold accreditation!

The huge amount of work and dedication you have put into the programme really shone through your application – what an incredible reading environment for your learners.’

Reading Schools is an accreditation programme for schools that are committed to building and sustaining a culture of reading for their learners and communities. Research proves that reading for pleasure has positive impacts on learners' attainment across the curriculum, supporting wellbeing, critical thinking, creativity, empathy and resilience. 


Reading Schools offers:

  • an accreditation for your school, with the option of advancing to silver and gold status 

  • a framework for improvement mapped to How Good Is Our School? 4

  • professional development opportunities for staff

  • a way to champion pupil voice

  • opportunities for collaboration within and between schools

  • pathways to engaging families and the wider community

  • resources, training and support from Scottish Book Trust

Find out more about the Reading Schools Award here

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