Published: 16:10, 18 February 2020
| Updated: 16:10, 18 February 2020
A small rural school is proving size isn’t everything when it comes to competing for the big prizes with literacy scheme Buster’s Book Club.
High Halden Church of England Primary School near Tenterden has four classes and just 105 pupils but has been delivering some stand-out stats in the few weeks it has been taking part in the KM Charity Team reading reward scheme.
Buster’s uses a spirit of friendly competition to motivate children to read at home. Participating classes compete for class-of-the-week trophies, and winners of monthly inter-school challenges are rewarded with tickets to leisure attractions and visits by celebrity storytellers.
High Halden signed up to the scheme in January, but the rural school’s pupils have already shown impressive commitment to stacking up their home-reading minutes.
In recognition of their dedication, Buster’s coordinator Kay Devine and book-club mascot Buster Bug visited the school for a special assembly.
Kay said: “It was a real pleasure to visit High Halden.
“It is a lovely school, and the children have done so well with Buster’s since January.
“They are very competitive and determined to show the big schools that a primary of their size can win.
“I wish them the very best luck.”
Buster’s Book Club is supported by The Education People, Golding Vision, Specsavers, Leeds Castle, Diggerland, Hornby, Wildwood, Rotary, Acorns Read and Grow, Three R’s Teacher Recruitment, Buckland Media and Medway and Kent councils.