Read, Achieve, Succeed

‘Read, Achieve, Succeed’ is a trust-wide initiative which runs across both the Derby and Oldham academies.  Our CEO, Antony Hughes, has a strong commitment and passion for reading and wanted all Harmony Children to share in this with him.  The initiative was launched in September 2016 as a commitment to develop Reading for Pleasure and to ensure that all children have a book of their own for each year that they attend a Harmony Trust academy.  

CEO Antony Hughes
Director of Education
Jessica Hainsworth

Research by The National Literacy Trust has found that children who own their own books are more likely to achieve higher educational outcomes that those without.  They also found that children who regularly enjoy reading, are three times more likely to have higher levels of mental well-being than those who do not.  

The initiative is now led by Ms Jessica Hainsworth with a R.A.S. lead in each academy.  They are responsible for implementing a range of events across the academic year which inspire children to engage with, and become active readers.


‘Read, Achieve, Succeed’ at Alvaston Junior Academy  

A Book for Every Child

Each year we host a pop-up bookshop supported by our friends and partners at Madeleine Lindley. Every child gets the chance to browse in the bookshop and choose a book to take home.

Follow Madeleine Lindley on Twitter @teacher_books

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CEO Bookclub and Academy Book Clubs

This is an opportunity for children to read and talk and share opinions about books as a group.  They then feed this back to their school through assemblies and Amazon Reviews.


Teachers continous development 

Through the “Read, Achieve, Succeed” strategy, teachers are experts in the teaching of reading and children develop as confident, skilled and fluent readers who choose to read both for pleasure and learning.

As a result of the curriculum, children believe in themselves, achieve in their learning and succeed in life.


Search the hashtag #ReadAchieveSucceed on Twitter to see more of our reading events across all our academies.

Alvaston Junior Academy

Elvaston Lane, Alvaston, Derby DE24 0PU

Christine Bower: Principal

01332 571321