Volunteer Reading Scheme

JS Academy LogoBefore this project started, 40% of pupils at John Smeaton Acadamy, had a reading age 18 months below their chronological age. This prompted new head teacher David Yates to start pairing teachers with pupils to read just 10 minutes a day.

When he mentioned the idea to Kären Gray, she offered to help find volunteers and one week later a new project had been born! 9 out of the 12 volunteers are gathered from local churches demonstrating a real desire from Christians to put love into practice.

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John Smeaton Academy

Every week now over 100 children are being helped and there is a possibility of extending the scheme to include mentoring in the future. This is the first involvement of volunteers in the school for many years and it is wonderful to have an active Christian presence. Pray for more opportunities to share God’s love in the school and for blessing on its staff and pupils.