Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, regrettably we are unable to invite parents into school for a tour of Berkswich CE primary and nursery. We understand that choosing the right setting for your child is one of the most important decisions that you will make in your child’s learning journey. With this in mind, we hope to provide you with a range of opportunities to allow you to gain an insight into life as part of our special Berkswich community and the chance to ask questions. We certainly welcome the opportunity to support and reassure you as you organise your child’s first steps into Nursery and Reception. We are offering virtual meetings to provide an opportunity for new parents to meet our headteacher, EYFS leader and teaching staff. This will provide a great opportunity for you to ask questions and find out about our community and learning at Berkswich CE. Your child is a vital part of this process, and so we welcome them to join in with the meeting.

Reception slots

Tuesday 17th November 9am – 10:30am

Tuesday 1st December 3:30- 5:30pm

Tuesday 8th December 9am – 10:30am

Nursery slots

Tuesday 19th January 9am– 10:30am

Tuesday 2nd February 3:30—5:30pm

Tuesday 9th March 9am—10:30 am

To book your ten-minute virtual meeting on one of the following days please call the school office on 01785 337360 or send an email to

Please visit our admissions page to take a closer look at our Nursery and Reception classes, as well as our admissions arrangements. Thank you.

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Accelerated Reader

Reading at Berkswich


We are passionate about reading at Berkswich. We recognise that reading leads to almost endless benefits - from relaxation and opportunities to enter new and exciting worlds to learning new words and skills and improving writing across all areas. Indeed, research has even shown that those who read are more likely to contribute more time to the community through voluntary work!

The benefits are so great, that we have invested in Accelerated Reader - a programme for children in Year Three to Year Six - to enable teachers to track, monitor and challenge children's reading at home and for children to be rewarded for their fantastic achievements in this area.


What is Accelerated Reader (AR)?


Accelerated Reader is used by children in over four thousand schools across the UK. Children start by reading a book - real books like the ones that they would already borrow from school or the library. After this, they complete an online quiz in school, receiving immediate feedback. This book is added to their virtual bookshelf and they choose another book, guided to the correct level range by their teacher.


As a child completes the quizzes, we will be able to build a fuller picture of an individual's reading. This information means that we may recommend choosing a more challenging book, or one which is a little less demanding, in order to develop comprehension skills more easily.


Parents can view how well the children are doing in the quizes via Home Connect (see link below) or by email (sign up in Home Connect). 


Please click on the tabs below to view more detailed information about each area of Accelerated reader.


Year Three parents are invited in each year for an introduction to Accelerated Reader and a chance to find out more.