YOUNG bookworms from a Burton school have scooped the top prize in a reading competition for schools in the area.
Holy Rosary RC Primary School, in Alexandra Road, Winshill, had the highest percentage of pupils who completed the national reading scheme as part of the Burton Summer Reading Challenge Trophy.
Out of the 22 schools and 1,400 Burton schoolchildren who took part, Holy Rosary took the title with 32 per cent (72 children) of its pupils reading the six books required to complete the challenge over the summer holidays.
Christ Church Infants School, in Dale Street, and the Mosley Academy, in Main Road, Anslow, were commended as the most improved schools as both saw a dramatic increase in take up.
Staffordshire library chief, county councillor Mike Lawrence said: “Encouraging our young people to keep reading for pleasure during the summer break is so important, as it can help boost literacy levels and promote independent learning.
“I would like to offer my heartiest congratulations to Holy Rosary for being the best read school in Burton and winning the trophy – children, parents, school, library staff and volunteers have all done us proud.
“A lot of hard work and energy goes into running the challenge and associated activities in our libraries, and I would like to pay tribute to the small army of volunteers and dedicated library staff who have helped keep reading fun for more children than ever before over the summer.”
More than 60 per cent of children across Staffordshire who signed up to read six books for ‘Creepy House’, this year’s spine-tingling theme, went on to complete the challenge and claim their reward, the highest percentage ever.