Students with headteacher

Accelerated Reader

9th November 2020

There has been some consternation regarding this new reading system, which we have just started in the Pre-Prep although it has been running for a year in the Prep. With AR, all the evidence points to much improved reading and comprehension levels, not just in our school but nationwide. Although some children are finding the books easy to ‘decode’, the aim is to improve comprehension and not just simply race through the pages. Children are taking and enjoying comprehension tests on the books they have read, as well as finding them challenging. The level of difficulty may well increase once the children have taken another ‘level test’ in December, but AR ensures 80% comprehension levels before moving children up .. and our aim is to help children to understand the written word, not just be able to decode it.

We are expanding to GCSE!

Parents have told us they need a quality senior school alternative, so from September 2021, pupils already at Copthorne or joining in Year 7 will be able to stay with us to Year 11. Our first GCSE exams will take place in 2026. 

Join us at our next Virtual Open Morning or read about our expansion to find out more.