Pupils triumph in reading challenge

Grange View First School pupils have won Northumberland's Summer Reading Challenge competition. Celebrating are (left to right)  Imogen Orr, Olivia Tweddle, Councillor Val Tyler,  Children and People's Librarian Kim Herring, Henrie Borley, James Neave, Keiran Howard, and Grace Holland.
Grange View First School pupils have won Northumberland's Summer Reading Challenge competition. Celebrating are (left to right) Imogen Orr, Olivia Tweddle, Councillor Val Tyler, Children and People's Librarian Kim Herring, Henrie Borley, James Neave, Keiran Howard, and Grace Holland.
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A bevy of bookworms have taken over a Northumberland school to triumph in a reading challenge.

Grange View Church of England First School in Widdrington Station has been named the winner of the county’s Summer Reading Challenge.

More than 80 per cent of pupils at the school completed the programme last year, which invites children to read at least six books in the summer holiday to earn rewards, a certificate and a medal.

At Grange View, 91 out of its 112 pupils managed to get through their allocation to win a prize of £150 worth of books chosen by the school for its library.

They were presented in a Parents’ Assembly on Friday by Northumberland County Council Policy Board Member for Infrastructure and Culture Val Tyler.

She said: “Grange View First School is a forward-thinking school, which really embraced this reading challenge, and it was a pleasure to be able to present it with its prize.

“It is very easy for children to have a long break from reading during their summer holidays, which can hinder their learning.

“It’s important that we do everything we can to help keep young people entertained and educated through their love of books.”

Pupils at Grange View visit Widdrington Library every week to help develop their love of reading.

It’s important that we do everything we can to help keep young people entertained and educated through their love of books.

Val Tyler, Northumberland County Council Policy Board Member for Infrastructure and Culture.