Scunthorpe pupils are award-winning readers

Every primary school across the country has a focus on developing their pupils’ interest in reading; however, one Scunthorpe academy’s great passion for books was celebrated today with a special award. 

Oasis Academy Parkwood on Plymouth Road, Scunthorpe, has received the Silver One Education Reading Award in recognition of the school’s achievements in reading, presented in a special assembly by local MP, Nic Dakin.  

The Academy’s pupils received the award from the One Education organisation.  The citation outlined how the award illustrates “…the skills, commitment and knowledge shown by Oasis Academy Parkwood in building a successful reading curriculum. The award shows how you have focused on providing children with the ability, the passion, and the enthusiasm for reading.”

The Academy has set up numerous reading projects; pupils are eligible for a certificate each week when they read at home, improving readers receive book tokens in termly Reading Award assemblies for hard work, and there is a ‘Golden Book Club’ where pupils are invited to fun after-school activities with things to make, storytelling and books to loan.  The school even has its own bookshop that all pupils are members of, stocked with a huge variety of children’s books suitable for all ages and abilities.    

The hard work in reading was reflected in the Academy’s SAT’s results.  This year 76 percent of Year 6 pupils achieved the expected standard or better in Reading, Writing and Maths, up 36 percentage points in just one year.  83% of pupils in both Key Stage 1 and 2 are making the expected level of progress in reading. 

Nic Dakin MP, says: “More evidence that our schools are doing a really good job locally, when I went along to Oasis Academy Parkwood to present them with a national silver award for their fantastic work in reading.” 

Commenting on the award, Oasis Academy Parkwood’s Principal, Tracey Norriss, says: “We are delighted to receive the Silver One Education Reading Award today.  At Oasis Academy Parkwood we are passionate about reading, and we want to instil in every one of our pupils a love of stories, books and words.”

“We are also very grateful to Mr Dakin MP for taking the time to visit us today.  We were pleased to be able to share with him both the good news about the reading award, and the excellent progress Oasis Academy Parkwood are making, not just in Year 6 but throughout the school.”  

Oasis Community Learning Regional Director Philip Beaumont says: “Reading is a gateway for children to unlock all of their other subjects – if we can inspire our pupils to love reading then we are giving them the opportunity to explore their passions across the curriculum.”

“Tracey and her team at Oasis Academy Parkwood have been relentless in encouraging their pupils with their reading, and this year’s SATs show that this strategy is bearing fruit.  They thoroughly deserve this One Education Reading Award.”