Who wants to be a millionaire? Students’ reading achievements recognised

A group of seven students were today recognised for their commitment to reading after clocking up nearly 14,000,000 words read between them.

As part of the Accelerated Reader (AR) programme – an initiative which allows students in Years 7, 8 and 9 to improve their independent reading skills – students choose books from within their reading range which they are later quizzed on.

When a quiz is passed, students collect the amount of words in the book as a score. Each term, the top scoring readers are celebrated and rewarded for their efforts.

Five of the seven top-readers achieved millionaire status, while two of the group became multi-millionaires. 


Well done and congratulations to the following:  

Briget Macinnes-Morrison - 4,090,600 words read.

Ellie Armitage - 3,653,864

Rhianna Johnson - 1,364,594

Gracie Thomas - 1,266,332

Katie Fisher - 1,173,110

Lauren Spencer - 1,104,321

Molly Allen - 1,042,614


Each millionaire received a certificate, a badge and a free fiction book of their choice, while the two multi-millionaires were also each presented with a Waterstones book voucher.  

Head of Library Services Julie Thompson commented: ‘This is a fantastic achievement and the students involved should be very proud of themselves for the impressive overall word count they have accumulated between them.

It is a pleasure to see so many young people in our school displaying a keen passion for reading and I encourage all students to visit the Library, which is open every break and lunchtime, to explore our wide selection of books.'

Acting Headteacher Mark Crofts personally congratulated the students on their achievements and presented them with their rewards. Speaking ahead of the presentation, Mr Crofts acknowledged the importance of reading in a world increasingly dominated by technology. He said: 

'Every time you open a book and begin to read, it instantly takes you to a different world.

Reading offers young people an opportunity to gain new experiences and inspiration for their own lives from a range of scenarios, events and characters.

Although digital technology can bring great benefits, I genuinely worry that a growing number of young people across the country are missing out on something really special as it can sometimes detract from the simple pleasure of picking up a good book.

It is therefore pleasing to see so many students at Withernsea High School who are committed to reading and I’m delighted to help recognise their achievements. Well done to them all.'


ABOVE: The winners pictured with Head of Library Services Julie Thompson and Acting Headteacher Mark Crofts.