At The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College students across all year groups are being given the opportunity to join Read for Good’s sponsored readathon which encourages young people to read for enjoyment and will raise money which will be used to benefit children across 30 hospitals in UK.

The school’s students are being encouraged to read as many books as possible to earn their sponsorship money which will be sent to help fund the ‘Read for Good’ hospital programme, which each year provides 25,000 books to benefit 100,000 child in hospitals across the UK.

Coinciding with the launch of the sponsored read the school received a library pack from the UK’s largest children’s reading charity the ‘BookTrust’. The pack, which was funded by the Arts Council England, contains 40 books aims to help students in year 7-9 read for enjoyment.

Ruth Davies, English faculty leader, said “Over the coming weeks we will be launching the readathon to our student during their English lessons, and we will be doing everything we can to encourage them to pick up a book and read”.

Mrs Davies added, “This the latest in a line of initiatives which we’ve introduced to boost literacy skills. Our long term project ‘AVS50’, which encourages students in read 50 books during their five years at the school, has been well received by the students and we’re sure the readathon will be a success too.”

Alison Davies, Headteacher, said, “Reading is vitally important to all aspects of learning and it will be wonderful to see our students engaging with the readathon. As a school we are fortunate to have a well stocked library which is well used by our students”.