Double Gold Award success for college in national reading scheme

Warrington & Vale Royal College and partners were delighted to receive the prestigious Double Gold Award for reading from The Reading Agency, recognising the college’s achievement in reading and literacy. In order to receive this, 322 students read and reviewed six books over the course of a year in their English classes – that’s a grand total of 1,932 books! Students engaged in the reading scheme with enthusiasm and tutors saw improvements in vocabulary, grammar and spelling, as well as a renewed interest in reading for pleasure.

The Reading Agency recognised the good working relationship with the college’s Livewire partners and ranked the college 2nd in the country for completing a national reading challenge.

Genevieve Clarke from The Reading Agency commented: “From our perspective Warrington & Vale Royal College’s approach has huge benefits because it creates a general culture of reading that can support students on courses ranging from Supported Learning to ESOL, Functional Skills and GCSE.”

The college’s Learning Resources Manager, Bethan Bligh, said: “Reading is the golden thread that runs through our college. We run a student book club, participate in two reading schemes, and host an extensive range of reading initiatives and activities throughout the academic year.”

For information on Reading at Warrington & Vale Royal College, please contact Bethan Bligh on 01925 494422.