The efforts of a Huyton primary school to promote reading have received national recognition for the second year running.
St Aidan's Primary School took three awards for the excellence of its Reading Recovery Programme at the annual awards organised by the International Literacy Centre at University College London in June.
Mrs Maria Cooper was named Reading Recovery Teacher of the Year for her efforts with pupils in Years 1 and 2, while head teacher Moira Kenneway received the award of Reading Recovery Manager of the Year for her work in raising the profile of reading at the school. Last but not least, Year 1 pupil Olivia Dougherty earned her own reading award – a silver cup – for her expression and fluency in a video submitted by the school.
The trio travelled down to London with a small group of Year 1 pupils in June to collect their awards – another feather in the cap for St Aidan's which had picked up the School of the Year prize at the 2015 awards. St Aidan's was also judged as outstanding by Liverpool Archdiocese in February this year.
Reflecting on her school's accolades, Miss Kenneway hailed colleague Mrs Cooper as the driving force behind the success of the Reading Recovery Programme. She said: "Maria works tirelessly with pupils – many of them disadvantaged – to get them reading so that they can access education. Her determination to make reading a priority for children, parents and staff and to give pupils the skills to be confident and competent readers meant she was instrumental in the school also achieving the Gold Reading Mark awarded by School Improvement Liverpool."