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Accelerated Reader

Stromness Academy uses the Accelerated Reader programme to help improve pupils’ reading and literacy.

Stromness Academy is in its third year of participation in the Accelerated Reader programme (AR)  This is designed to improve pupils’ reading skills by encouraging them to practise reading at a level which develops their vocabulary, while keeping the challenge level of books appropriate to their reading ability.  Put simply, the scheme helps our lower-school pupils to identify books which are just challenging enough.

Every day, S1-3 classes on the programme will have 20 minutes of reading allocated to them in one of their subjects. Pupils are expected to have a book with them everyday (their own or borrowed from school or public library). If this isn’t the case, each department has a box of books from which pupils can select reading material for the 20 minute session. Staff will be modelling good reading behaviour by doing some of their own personal reading.

Further information is available from our AR co-ordinator, Mrs Hunter, at the school.

Computers are also available for pupils to take their quizzes, both during English library periods or at lunchtimes.

Accelerated Reader in the School Library

The library provides access to many AR books which are identifiable by coloured labels on their spine. Book level, interest level, and points are indicated inside the book.


Pupils can also search the library’s online catalogue, OLIVER, from any PC, tablet or mobile phone with a browser. Further information about the library and its resources and activities can be found on the Stromness Academy Library Blog.

A specific AR book search is also available where searches can be done by book level, interest level, points, author, title, etc.

Click the image to go to the catalogue.

AR Links

AR Bookfind – Search for books with quizzes

Book Quizzes and Star Reading Test

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On Monday 21st June, pupils took part in their first Sports day since 2019, with great success! Pupils in every year group took part in athletics, rounders, football, hockey, fun events, netball, badminton, dodgeball and volleyball. It was great to see such healthy competition with pupils trying their best to win for their house and displaying excellent sporting conduct at the same time. In S2, R house ran out the winners with a particularly strong showing in the Athletics. In S3, M ran out the victors with particularly strong results in Badminton and Football. In S4, R won with strong results in Athletics and Fun Events. In S5/6, T took the victory after a slightly stronger showing in Athletics than other houses. Overall, R took home the Phil Mackay trophy with a winning total of 763 points, M were in 2nd place with 710 points and T in 3rd with 694 points. Well done to R!Finally, a special mention to Max Linklater who broke the S3 high jump record with a height of 1.56m.

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