Castle Cary Community Primary School

Castle Cary School

I love the surroundings of the school, it really makes it enjoyable to come to school here.

Year 3 Pupil

The teachers are funny and my friends are too!

Year 3 Pupil

Everyone is caring

Year 5 Pupil

I like it at our school because we do lots of work.

Year 2 Pupil

I like that it's about the children's rights and not just the teachers!

Year 6 Pupil

It's safe, fun and you always learn something new.

Year 5 Pupil

I love it at this school, nothing needs to be changed.

Year 3 Pupil

It's a great place to learn/

Year 3 Pupil

Everyone gets treated fairly; the whole school is kind.

Year 4 Pupil

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Accelerated Reader


What is the Accelerated Reader Scheme?

Accelerated Reader (AR) is a computer-based management system that helps teachers manage and monitor our children’s independent reading practice and progress. AR is introduced to children in Years 2-6 only when they are secure in their phonic knowledge.

Your child picks a book at their own level and reads it at their own pace. When finished, your child takes a short book-based quiz within the AR system. This is done in the classroom at a time designated by the class teacher. Passing the quiz (with a score of 85% or more) is an indication that your child understood what was read.

AR gives children and teachers feedback based on the quiz results which the teacher then uses to help set your child targets and goals and to direct ongoing reading practice and book choice.


Click here for a parent's guide to AR at Castle Cary


Renaissance Home Connect

The link below will take you to the 'Renaissance Home Connect' website. Where you can keep track of your child's progress on Accelerated Reader. You are able to login to Home Connect using your child's Accelerated Reader login details and view your child's progress.

You can even set up email alerts that will inform you via email when your child passes their quiz, and of how well they have achieved! Use the 'Email Setup' link in Home Connect to do this.

We hope you enjoy keeping informed of your child's progress using Home Connect.

Click here for Home Connect


AR Book Finder

AR BookFinder is an exciting web-based book-searching tool from Renaissance Learning.

With this free online tool you can search for interesting and appropriate books for your child, quickly and easily, in the knowledge that there is an Accelerated Reader quiz available for each book.

We encourage you to explore this book-searching tool with your child.

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher and/or the school's AR Co-Ordinator Mr Hillier.

 Click here for AR Book Finder


Thank you for completing the AR questionnaire.

94% say their child enjoys reading.


91% believe their child is making good progress in reading.


54% believe Accelerated Reader has made a positive impact on their child’s reading.


86% believe their child is reading appropriate books.


62% say their child is reading 20 minutes or more each day at home.


93% believe they know how to support their child’s reading at home.


25% would like to attend an Accelerated Reader information evening.


34% are using ‘Home Connect’ to check their child’s reading progress.


38% of families returned a completed questionnaire


My child’s reading has massively improved over the last month with AR. It’s an absolute pleasure to listen to her!


My child’s reading has come along loads since they started AR. I think the quizzes and points are a great incentive for the children.


My child reads more at school because of Accelerated Reader than she ever did before!

  As a result of this questionnaire, we will:

  • Offer a parents' meeting to support understanding of AR
  • Continue to promote home connect so parents' can check their child's reading progress.