Dear dad, See how well I can write now

Bradley Davies won a literacy competition
Bradley Davies won a literacy competition

A young pupil who used to struggle to read and write has won a national literacy competition.

Bradley Davies who attends Oak Green School, Southcourt, Aylesbury, turned it all round after receiving help from his Reading Recovery teacher.

Bradley spent 12 weeks having daily one-to-one lessons with the school’s specially trained Reading Recovery teacher to enable him to catch up with classmates.

For the writing and picture competition for past and present Reading Recovery children, Bradley wrote: “I feel happy when I read. Books make me laugh. I can write a letter to my dad.”

Julia Douetil, head of the European Centre for Reading Recovery, who presented Bradley with a trophy and certificate for the five to six age range category, said: “Bradley’s joy in being able to write to his dad was completely infectious. He reminded us all what it means to a child to be confident as a reader and writer.”

His Reading Recovery teacher, Renata Reid, said: “Bradley has become an enthusiastic and independent reader. He is now very confident in writing, too. I am very proud of his progress and achievement.”

Headteacher, Elaine Barry, added: ‘I am absolutely thrilled for Bradley. He has worked very hard and deserves this prestigious award.”