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Dorset Schools Turning the Page with Funding Grant

Reading Resources Centre Wey Valley

8:07am 12th June 2014

Three schools in Weymouth are celebrating a £10,000 grant from The Foyle Foundation and The Aspect Trust and about to start a new chapter.

Wey Valley, Wyvern Academy and St Nicholas & St Laurence C of E are getting the money to fund an accelerated reading programme.

They all use the same learning resource centre.

Eileen Glynn, learning resource centre manager at Wey Valley, spearheaded the successful joint bid which will be spent both on conventional reading materials and Kindles.

Rob Cole, Wey Valley's finance and business manager, said: "Competition for funding from The Foyle Foundation, which provided £7,000 of the total, is very strong, and only a minority of the applications submitted are approved.

"Eileen Glynn put together a really well-argued case to show what an important difference the money could make to developing reading skills and we are indebted to her.

Helen Williams, head of St Nicholas and St Laurence, said: The bid will make a real difference to all of our children including the very gifted and talented pupils in our school."

Sue Hoxey, head of Wyvern Academy, a specialist school for children with disabilities, said: "The money will allow us to give them access to a wider range of reading material, as well as computer-based quizzes so that we can check their understanding of what they've read."

Rob Cole said: "In the early years of primary school, reading is at the top of the agenda and we all want to sustain this focus.  

"Literacy skills have an impact on all aspects of education.  It's not just about English lessons, they are crucial throughout life, and this grant will help us give a real boost to our students' literacy skills."

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