Premier League Reading Stars launches at Palterton Primary School!

Chesterfield FC Community Trust has launched their Reading Stars project for 2020/21 at Palterton Primary, a long-time Spireites Partner School, alongside the Premier League Primary Stars sessions.

The project is a literacy intervention designed to stimulate literacy engagement in children aged 8-13 years who love football but lack motivation in reading.

Alyss Hearnshaw, who is delivering the project in school, has been delighted with the pupil engagement. She said: “This is the first group we have taught using the new booklets we put together.

“We’ve put a ‘Spireites spin’ on the resources, which the group seem to have loved! They’ve been really engaged in the sessions and have become more positive with their reading.”

Jacob, one of the boys taking part, said: “I have really enjoyed Reading Stars because Alyss has been a really good teacher.

“My favourite lesson was about facts and opinions and the five finger rule was fun, as well as drawing characters from a story.”

Headteacher Ros Horsley said: “Reading + football = high motivation + exciting learning. The children love the reading goals and are scoring great outcomes. What a top result!”

Class teacher Mrs Holland commented: “I never have to remind the boys when it’s Reading Stars time. They’re all ready with their booklets and excited to read; that will hopefully be the legacy of the project, that these pupils remain just as excited to read in the future.”

For more information on the Trust’s Premier League interventions and how to get your school involved, please email