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Reading together - parents and children at Ashbourne Hilltop Primary and Nursery School

About our school

Ashbourne Hilltop is a small school set in the heart of Derbyshire.  It welcomes all children and has recently been made both a Primary and an Enhanced Resource School.


We encourage parents to read regularly at home - to share the magical world of books and promote reading for pleasure.


The ‘100 reads a term’ award scheme was implemented a number of years ago.  In addition, parents are welcomed into their child’s class to read every Thursday morning.


Clip 1: Reading Awards Parents read with their child every day and note it in their child’s diary.  Children receive different coloured badges and ribbons dependent on the amount of reading they do at home with a parent.  This is celebrated as a class. 

Clips 2 and 3 Every Thursday morning, parents are invited to come into school with their child and read a book of their choice together.


These initiatives have encouraged parents to read with their children.  This in turn has developed a love of reading, raised reading standards and enabled improved parental contact with the school.

Next steps

Accelerated Reader has recently been introduced from Year 2 to Year 6.  Guided reading and ‘word of the week’ will also be implemented in all classes.  Reading will continue to be the highest priority as reading enables a child to access all subjects.


Susan Sadula, English Co-ordinator and Year 4,5 and 6 Teacher, Ashbourne Hilltop Primary and Nursery School

Additional information

Would you like to take part in a project to encourage Reading for Pleasure (RfP) in your school? Project RfP EYFS - Year 6 is a collaborative CPD opportunity available to primary school clusters in Derbyshire. It builds on the robust foundations of Project READ. It will enable schools not involved in the original project to participate in similar, collaborative school improvement projects. Participating schools work in partnership with Derbyshire's Teaching, Learning and Assessment Consultants and with Specialist Leaders of Education from Derbyshire's Teaching Schools. Contact for more information. Available from September 2019.

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