Priestmead Primary School and Nursery, Harrow, London

“Staff receive excellent training to deliver the phonics programme expertly. Pupils therefore learn the sounds that letters make securely. There is a comprehensive catch-up programme to ensure that all pupils become fluent readers. The school ensures that pupils are exposed to a diverse range of books during their time at the school, including modern classics and Shakespearean sonnets.”
School Inspection: Outstanding
Previous Inspection: Outstanding

All Souls C of E Primary School, Heywood, Lancashire

“A love of reading permeates the school. […] Staff have a strong understanding of the early reading curriculum, and they deliver the phonics programme with considerable flair and expertise.”
School Inspection: Outstanding
Previous Inspection: Outstanding

Our Lady of Grace RC Infant and Nursery School, Cricklewood, London

“Leaders have promoted a positive reading culture that begins in the early years. Staff are experts in enabling pupils to learn new sounds. As a result, children learn to read and write sounds rapidly and accurately.”
School Inspection: Outstanding
Previous Inspection: Outstanding

Selborne Primary School, Greenford, London

“Learning to read and becoming a fluent reader are absolute priorities for the school. Staff are trained as expert teachers of reading. […] Pupils show a genuine love of reading and of books. They talk with joy about a wide range of different texts.”
School Inspection: Outstanding
Previous Inspection: Outstanding

Lacey Green Primary Academy, Wimslow, Cheshire

“The school places reading at the heart of all learning. […] In the Reception Year, there is a sharp focus on ensuring that children start learning the phonics code straight away. They quickly gain the necessary knowledge to read books that match the sounds that they know.”
School Inspection: Good
Previous Inspection: N/A

Four Dwellings Primary Academy, Quinton, Birmingham

“Reading is at the heart of the school. […] The teaching of early reading skills is a strength of the school. Pupils who need support receive it quickly. Pupils love reading and make good progress in their phonics learning.”
School Inspection: Good
Previous Inspection: Requires Improvement

Emmaus Church of England and Catholic Primary School, Croxteth, Merseyside

“Staff are experts at teaching phonics. Pupils, including those with SEND, who may find reading more difficult, receive the targeted help that they need. Pupils secure the basics of reading in their memory quickly and securely. This enables them to read fluently and to access the richness of other parts of the school’s curriculum.”
School Inspection: Outstanding
Previous Inspection: Outstanding

Roundhay School, Leeds, West Yorkshire

“The school has a determination that all pupils will learn to read with precision and fluency. Children are expertly taught phonics from the very start of Reception. By the end of Year 2, almost all pupils are reading accurately and confidently. As pupils move through the primary phase, they read a range of interesting books. The focus on reading continues in the secondary phase.”
School Inspection: Outstanding
Previous Inspection: Outstanding

St John Vianney’s Catholic Primary School, Blackpool, Lancashire

“Reading is a top priority for the school. In the early years, children revel in the stories, rhymes, and songs that they learn in the Nursery classes. They are well prepared to begin to use phonics to read words by the time that they reach the
Reception Year. […] Skilled staff support pupils to practise and refine their reading knowledge.”
School Inspection: Good
Previous Inspection: Good

Scawby Academy, Scawby, Lincolnshire

“Reading is a strength of the school. […] Pupils take home reading books which are well matched to the sounds they know. This helps them to become fluent and confident readers. The school fosters a love a reading and pupils read daily.”
School Inspection: Good
Previous Inspection: Good