School enters National Literacy Trust competition
May 7, 2021

Rydal Penrhos has entered two teams into a competition organised by the National Literacy Trust.

Never undervalue the importance of reading. At Rydal Penrhos, we recognise the importance of reading for academic development and for inspiring creativity.

Pupils at Rydal Penrhos will now put their reading skills to the test by taking part in the National Reading Champions Quiz (NRCQ), which is an annual opportunity for enthusiastic young readers to compete with their peers and showcase and celebrate their knowledge of the written word.

The school is entering two teams with pupils in Years 5-8 to go head-to-head with other teams from 18 different regions across the United Kingdom for a place in the national finals and the chance to be crowned the National Reading Champions 2021.

Books play a crucial role in helping to build children’s imagination, improve their well-being and grow their love of reading.

By encouraging reading for enjoyment, adults can play a huge part in improving a child’s literacy skills.

Recent research from the National Literacy Trust discovered that children who enjoy reading are three times more likely to read above the level expected for their age compared to those who don’t enjoy reading (30.1% vs 8.1%).

Rydal Penrhos will begin their quest for the national crown on Tuesday 11 May at the Welsh regional heats, with each pupil involved working hard to prepare for the competition alongside their usual studies.

The school has recently boosted the libraries even further across the whole school,  the Watkinson Library – named after much-loved former Headmaster Peter Watkinson – for the primary use for those in Key Stage 3 and 4 has had a massive investment in new books including those being reviewed under the Carnegie Award , a Sixth Form , Key Stage 5, reading section within the dedicated centre has been developed and further investment and exciting developments have been made for the youngest members of the Rydal Penrhos community.

The Reception to Year 6 classes recently updated their reading scheme – the Oxford Reading Tree – in order to ensure that pupils have all the most recent titles and resources to call upon to boost progression both in and out of the classroom.

Good luck to both Rydal Penrhos teams, we know you’ll do the school proud and the most important thing is to keep on reading and enjoying the joy of books!

Team A

  • Oscar Jewsbury – Year 5
  • Amelie Skinner – Year 6
  • Cammie De La Mare Norris – Year 7
  • Ellis Lister-Brooks – Year 8
  • Keira Luke – Year 8

Team B

  • Ella Payne – Year 5
  • Harry Nurse – Year 6
  • Lucy Ranales-Griffiths – Year 7
  • Chloe Tillman-Lennon – Year 8
  • Finlay Perry – Year 8


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