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This is a text-only version of an article first published on Friday, 18 October 2013. Information shown on this page may no longer be current.

COMPUTER games that engage children's imaginations and encourage them to read more are among the ways that St Nicholas CE School, East Challow got itself classified as 'good' by Ofsted inspectors.

Books, books, books: Pupils enjoying their new library.

Andy Browne, headteacher, explained how the school pulled out all the stops after it was placed in Special Measures in 2012.

"One of the priorities was reading and a big effort has been made to create a love of reading throughout the school. "Phonics has been introduced and the concept of reading for pleasure is prioritised.

The library has been given a facelift and is now decorated with the BFG, Tracey Beaker and a tree which could be either the Faraway Tree or the Gruffalo's wood.

"Every classroom has a reading corner with bean bags and colourful posters," says Andy.

As well as reading St Nicholas's pupils were encouraged to improve their writing.

Teachers led by example, ensuring their handwriting used on whiteboards was immaculate.

"Children are given a book The Big Write.

Every Friday morning pupils sit in their classroom.

There is a lava lamp and classical music plays as the pupils spend 40 to 55 minutes sitting and writing. "Fiona Craig, Diocesan Deputy Education Director (School Improvement), said: "St Nicholas's have worked really hard to improve the quality of pupils' reading and writing.

This is now excellent practice, worthy of sharing with other schools. "

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