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MLJA Wins TWO Awards!

On Friday 30th November, teachers, headteachers and librarians from schools across the UK and Ireland headed towards Canary Wharf, East London. Waiting for them on the 14th floor of the South Quay building was a night to remember…

…the third annual Renaissance Awards!

The Renaissance Awards are the annual opportunity to celebrate best practice with Renaissance Accelerated Reader and Renaissance Star Reading. The awards recognise the schools across the UK and Ireland that are as passionate about promoting reading to their students as we are, and are using our products make sure their students develop a love of reading.


We are thrilled to announce that Manor Leas Junior Academy went home with TWO awards on the night, winning both awards that we were shortlisted for!


Project Manager/Team of the Year

Primary winner:

  • Chelsea Sandbrook at Manor Leas Junior Academy


Under Chelsea’s project management, a clear and remarkable improvement has been made by the school in key areas, with a huge increase in Master Classes.


In the space of one year, they went from one Master Class to all twelve classes achieving that distinction. As expected, there was a huge increase in the school achieving 85% or more on the quizzing pass rate from 73% of the cohort to a hugely impressive 93%. Under Chelsea’s leadership, she has motivated both staff and children through numerous assemblies and parent workshops.



  • Claire Wilson at Cairnshill Primary School
  • The whole teaching team and TAs at Tewkesbury CofE Primary School


Most Creative Reading Celebration

Primary winner:

  • Manor Leas Junior Academy


From bouncing large beach balls around the school hall to the mysterious awarding of plastic spoons to their word millionaires, this school used many creative ways to reward their children.


This school deeply values reading and hooks the students into reading in a multitude of ways. All 12 classes achieved Master Class and the school rightfully achieved Master School status. And the reason why the word millionaires earned these mysterious plastic spoons was because at the end of the year, they were all invited to a surprise ice-cream party! How cool!



  • Cairnshill Primary School
  • Whitehill Primary School