For the fifth year in a row Duke’s has been awarded MASTER SCHOOL status in its use of the Accelerated Reader programme. Accelerated Reader is used in over 5000 schools in the UK, but Duke’s is just the third secondary school in the country to achieve the award.
The Accelerated Reader programme tests students at the start of the year and then at the end of each term. This reading test determines the level of book students should be reading and quizzing on. Once a student completes a book they take a short comprehension quiz on it. Success at quizzing should improve a student’s reading level.
Duke’s achieved the award because 90% of the year 7 and 8 students taking part passed their comprehension quizzes with a mark of 85% or over and a significant number of students are reading independently for 25 minutes or more each day over a sustained for a 25 week period.
In addition to the Academy’s overall award Duke’s teachers Mrs Nolan and Ms Bolton were both individually recognised with Master Project Manager awards by organisers Renaissance Learning.