School is in running for a trio of awards

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A CITY school is on top form today after being nominated for THREE national awards.

English Martyrs Catholic Primary in Preston is proving a class act and is hoping to sweep the board at the Institute of Education Reading Recovery awards.

The Ashton, school is an accredited Reading Recovery school which supports children who need extra help with reading and writing. The programme has been running since 2010 and has had a huge success and first class results.

The Sizer Street school has a specially trained Reading Recovery teacher in Joanne Lingard, who was bowled over last year when pupil Karl Murphy was named the seven and over’s winner.

Now, in only it’s second year of entering the awards, not only has another pupil, six years old Nathan Critchley been shortlisted for the finals, but so too has Joanne and the school as an entirety.

Headteacher Annalisa Howarth said: “Reading Recovery is fantastic.

“It empowers the children and helps their confidence, self esteem and belief.

“Children know they matter at English Martyrs as we support them throughout their reading journey.”

She added: “ We are very excited and ultimately very proud of Nathan and the whole reading team who work so hard and especially the Reading Recovery teacher Mrs Lingard, who has worked tirelessly to provide such a hard working team.”

Joanne said she was over the moon that the school had been nominated for School of t he Year Award and added that last year two of the four pupils entered were finalists with the winner beating 800 others for the title of Child of the Year.

She added: “It’s an amazing achievement to have been chosen out of schools all over the country.

“So the staff, Nathan, his Mum and I are travelling down to London for the awards.”