23 years of primary school reading

At Clutton, we are fortunate to have a strong community of parents, friends and supporters who work to make Clutton an inspiring place of learning. One of our most loyal supporters is Mrs Siddorn who reached 23 years of primary school reading with our children in January 2020.

Mrs Siddorn first started reading with our pupils back in 1997, and since then has been coming into Clutton Primary School each and every week on a Wednesday afternoon to read with our key stage 1 pupils. With an association with Clutton Primary School that spans four generations, Mrs Siddorn has seen the progression of the school to what it is today:

“My mother in law went to Clutton Primary School, as did my husband, our son and our grandchildren who are now 25 and 23. My mother in law used to walk miles across the field to get to Clutton School when it used to be two rooms. They still had a good playground though, as they do now. Over the years, Clutton Primary School has changed a lot, the multi-use games area is fantastic. I marvel at the activities they do now such as forest school. They come in from forest school full of beans and ready to read.”

After reading with the children at our school for so long, Mrs Siddorn says she is often recognised by former pupils and parents, and praises our pupils for their politeness, and the school itself for its happy feel.

With statistics from The Reading Agency showing that children who read often at age 10 and more than once a week at age 16, achieve better results in maths, vocabulary and spelling than those who read less, instilling that love of reading from an early age, and listening to children read regularly is more vital than ever. We would like this opportunity to say a huge ‘thank you’ to Mrs Siddorn for giving her time so generously.