Staploe Education Trust

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We are beginning a major initiative across the Trust to encourage staff, students and their families to read and to enjoy reading. 

What are we aiming to achieve?
  • We want our children to become part of an exceptional community which reads widely and often
  • We want our children to have access to books which will inspire them to read (including both classics and contemporary fiction written by current authors). We want our libraries and resource centres to be full of reference books which are up to date
  • We want our children to become confident in their reading, even if they find it difficult.
  • We want children to know what to read next –something which might challenge them or which they might enjoy
Why does reading matter?
  • As many as 1 in 3 children do not have their own book at home
  • 25% of young offenders have reading skills below that of the average 7 year old
  • Poor literacy skills cost the UK economy £81 billion every year
  • Having access to resources and having books of their own has an impact on children’s attainment. There is a positive relationship between the estimated number of books in the home and attainment. Children who have books of their own enjoy reading more and read more frequently [i]
  • An important factor in developing reading for pleasure is choice; choice and interest are highly related [ii]
  • Reading for pleasure is strongly influenced by relationships between teachers and children, and children and families.[iii]
Our partners and supporters
  • Cambridgeshire Library Service
  • Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Collaborative Outreach Network
  • Burrows Bookshop, Ely
  • The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge University
What are we aiming to do to support reading better in our schools and our community?
  • Provide an army of trained volunteer listeners to hear children read in school
  • Provide new books for Soham Village College and Kennett library
  • Set up a micro library at The Shade primary School to serve the adult community of north Soham
  • Run more book clubs for different groups of young people in our schools
  • Bring authors into our schools to speak to young people
  • Run a ‘luggage label’ book recommendation event with support from Burrows Bookshop
  • Provide a book swap and recommendation board for staff in each of our schools so that parents and children can get ideas and see how reading for pleasure is part of many people’s lives
  • Provide a book a term for every child in years 7, 8 and 9
  • Set up a group to read the Carnegie book award shortlist and to make their recommendations for prizes at Soham Village College
  • Participate in the Read it Again illustrated book competition at Kennett Primary School in spring 2017
  • Launch the Soham Literary Festival in the early summer, open to the whole community to celebrate our Reading Matters campaign and as part of the Trust’s community benefit strategy
How can you help?
  • Do you have good condition books at home that you no longer need?  We are particularly looking for children’s books (fiction and non-fiction) for Kennett Primary School’s library.  Perhaps your children have outgrown them now but you want them to go to a good home?  We would also welcome books for older readers at the Village College
  • Do you know any adults with some spare time who, with a little bit of training, can listen to young children read?  We are looking for volunteers who can go into our primary schools and support young readers.   This could be hugely rewarding for both the volunteer and the child. 
  • Could you join our growing list of benefactors who donate money to support particular projects in school? We have been so grateful for generous gifts to support for music; art; drama and SEN in the last year. Would you be able to give financial support to buy books?
  • Can you spread the word? We want the whole community to rediscover their love of reading; to share books. How about starting a book club where you live?
  • Do you have a sympathetic employer or know a local business who might support in any way? How can they show that Reading Matters?
Take action
  • If you can help, bags or boxes of books can be dropped in at reception at Soham Village College; The Shade; The Weatheralls or Kennett Primary school, or to Burrows Bookshop in Ely.
  • If you know of someone interested in volunteering, or finding out more about supporting our young readers, please leave your name and contact details with any of the school receptions or email  Staploe Education Trust is committed to equal opportunities, to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Volunteers will be subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure.
  • Donate any amount to buy help buy books. Donations can be left at the Finance Office.  Please send cash or cheques payable to Soham Village College in an envelope marked Reading Matters.
  • Join our list of Book Benefactors by donating £10. Please send cash or cheques payable to Soham Village College in an envelope marked Reading Matters and have your name added to our roll call of benefactors who agree that Reading Matters. Please make sure that you include your name and contact details with your donation if you wish to be included in our roll of benefactors.


[i] Clark and Poulton 2011

[ii] Schraw et al, 1998; Clark and Phythian-Sence, 2008

[iii] Cremin et al, 2009.