Reading Quality Mark Gold – Oxford Grove Primary School

Reading Quality Mark Gold

  • liv reading qual mark gold


    Achieved – June 2019


    Oxford Grove has held the Reading Quality Mark award since 2016.

    The Liverpool Reading Quality Mark is an award created in partnership with the National Literacy Trust, aimed at promoting reading for enjoyment. We cannot emphasise the importance of reading enough; not only for academic benefit but so that all may be immersed the portable magic of literature. Our wide range of reading activities and events demonstrates our commitment to teaching children to read and to love reading.

    At Oxford Grove, our reading practice is exemplary – from author visits, competitions and beautiful class library displays to discrete guided reading sessions, targeted reading buddy work and the use of real texts within lessons.

    Our embedded work within reading has therefore been rightly recognised with Gold Award – the highest standard awarded by the Liverpool Reading Quality Mark.



    • “The learning environment promotes a love of reading and values the written word: Oxford Grove is a ‘text rich’ environment, with a good range of high quality fiction and non-fiction texts available throughout the school. Books and reading resources are treated with respect and care by the children, who have clearly benefitted from the the ‘reading culture’ created by the staff.”

    • “The children were able to talk in detail about what books and authors their teachers enjoyed and it is apparent that conversations between the children and staff about reading is a feature of school life.”

    • “The children’s comments upon their own teachers’ reading reflected how powerful it is when children in school recognise adults as enthusiastic readers. It was clear the staffs’ own passion for the written word was promoting the children’s engagement with books and reading.”

    • “The Reading Advocate and SLT have embedded a coherent whole-school strategy for promoting reading which is clearly supported by the entire school staff, who all talked passionately about the ‘reading culture’ within their school. There is clear, shared vision throughout all the staff for developing a life-long love of reading within the children.”

    • “Reading Buddies and Language Ambassadors work across year groups to support their peers in developing confidence and fluency in reading.”

    • “The school recognises the value of engaging with poets and authors in promoting a love of reading in the children.”

    • “Recommended authors and poets are displayed in each class. Children were able to discuss these at length, passionately talking about their favourite class authors.”

    • “The engagement of all children throughout the school is impressive and inspirational. The school has captured the awe and wonder of reading for pleasure and provides experiences for the children that they will never forget.”

    • “Reading is an integral part of a rich curriculum with reading for pleasure embedded across the school.”

    • “Children are extremely knowledgeable about books, authors and poets, and spoke fluently about the amazing texts they have read.”

    • “Staff, governors and parents spoke passionately and enthusiastically about reading throughout the school and how this has impacted on the children’s love of reading and attainment in reading.”

    • “The school governors are involved in learning walks, book monitoring and data analysis, giving them an outstanding insight into teaching and learning.”

    • “Staff, governors and children are extremely passionate about reading and this comes through in every area of the school.”