"The Head Teacher, Chris Tay, has a refreshing approach to reading and I was impressed to see how involved he was in the school’s reading culture.
The pupils here were particularly enthusiastic in their praise of Chris’s dramatic renditions of stories – they could recall numerous examples of books that they had enjoyed him reading. What I particularly liked about the approach at Longden was the commitment in fitting in reading time wherever possible. Reading seems to be a constant activity at Longden, with time set aside in the morning, lunchtime and at the end of the day for reading activities. The children were reading a vast array of books and their enthusiasm for their reading matter was unbounded."
Dr Lucy Andrew – Lecturer in English Literature and Programme Leader BA (Hons) English at University Centre Shrewsbury. November 2019