Sandford pupils win new reads through Books For Schools campaign

PUBLISHED: 13:00 22 May 2018 | UPDATED: 13:06 22 May 2018

Head teacher Lin Williams and pupils from Sanford Primary, with the books brought to the school by Mercury reporter Vicky Angear.

Head teacher Lin Williams and pupils from Sanford Primary, with the books brought to the school by Mercury reporter Vicky Angear.

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Children from Sandford Primary School are adding new books to their library shelves, thanks to generous readers from the Weston Mercury.

Help cash-strapped schools by supporting our Books For Schools campaign.Help cash-strapped schools by supporting our Books For Schools campaign.

The school is the latest to win 100 books through our Books For Schools campaign.

Headteacher Lin Williams is keen to instil a love of reading in pupils, which she believes is her legacy to the children.

She said: “I can’t stress enough the importance of reading on a child’s learning.

“It’s key to everything.”

Mrs Williams is the executive headteacher of the Strawberry Line Federation, which is responsible for Winscombe and Sandford schools.

The dedicated headteacher instigated a big reading campaign at both schools in 2010 to encourage children to read every day.

Parents are encouraged to listen to their children read aloud every day to improve fluency, general knowledge, language skills and confidence.

A group of parents also visit the school every day to read with each pupil for five minutes.

Mrs Williams said: “Reading is at the heart of everything we do here. Since we started the reading campaign we’ve seen a huge improvement.

“The reading age at Sandford and Winscombe is well above the national level. It’s fantastic the impact it has had.

“It’s about getting parents involved and helping them to understand how important reading is – it’s key to everything. We also encourage children to read different books.

“Reading is my passion. It underpins everything we do. It’s my legacy to the children.”

The school, in Greenhill Road, runs book clubs at lunchtimes and a classics club for years five and six. Digger the dog visits both schools every Thursday and lucky pupils are given the chance to read to the pooch.

The Mercury set up its Books For Schools campaign last year to give out books to primary schools in North Somerset which are struggling to pay for vital resources due to funding cuts.

Since it started, 500 books have been given out to pupils, thanks to generous donations from readers and community groups.

The Mercury wants to give out 100 books to a school each month and are appealing for donations of gift vouchers and books. Donations can be dropped into the office in Waterloo Street.

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