Augher school named best in NI for reading programme

Staff and pupils from St Patrick’s PS Aughadarragh, Augher pictured with their 2017 Renaissance Award.

A Co Tyrone primary school has come top of the class in Northern Ireland for reading.

St Patrick’s Aughadarragh in Augher has been recognised for its first-class achievement in the 2017 Renaissance Awards.


The awards honour the best performing schools from across the country in terms of their implementation of best practices for reading and student growth in reading attainment.

St Patrick’s PS was ranked as the top performing primary school in Northern Ireland, as measured by Renaissance Star Reading and Renaissance Accelerated Reader (AR).

The school’s principal, Gemma Quinn, expressed her pride in the pupils, staff and parents on this fantastic achievement.

“We are a rural school with an enrolment of 80 pupils and to be ranked as the top performing school in NI is an outstanding achievement,” she said.

Dirk Foch, managing director of Renaissance said, “Everyone at Renaissance UK is delighted to recognise and honour St Patrick’s achievement as the best performing primary school in Northern Ireland, and their commitment to reading improvement.

“Rewarding achievement in this way is central to enjoyment for both students and teachers – but in turn making education enjoyable is the first step to improving achievement.”


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