Readathon 19th January – 2nd March

Dear Parent/Carer

We are delighted to announce that Marlborough St. Mary’s are running a Readathon Sponsored Read and we’d like your child to join in.

Readathon is the UK’s national sponsored reading event for schools and encourages children to read for pleasure – an activity proven to increase children’s chances of success and personal happiness for the rest of their lives. (Source: OECD)

 Readathon motivates reluctant readers to give reading a go, and keen readers to read more widely.  It works because children choose what they want to read – they are not being assessed, it’s all about reading for fun.  We would like you to support them, in particular by sponsoring them.  The money raised helps the charity Readathon to regularly give brand new books and storyteller visits to children’s hospitals across the UK.  For more information, check out your child’s sponsorship card and visit

Sponsors can pay online at   or by cheque.  Please do support your child’s reading efforts. Research tells us again and again that children who read for pleasure are more likely to have successful outcomes. Above all, we hope they have fun!

As well as encouraging pupils to read for fun, our school will get free books worth 20% of our sponsorship total – so there really is something in it for everyone.

What we’d like you to do:

  1. Your child has been given a Readathon sponsorship card on which to list whatever they will enjoy reading. Books, e-books, poetry, comics – anything goes! Take a look at what they plan to read, or help them complete their list of books – sharing books is fine too (in fact recommended!), as well as listening to audio books.
  1. Help your child find sponsors among family and friends. Sponsors can pay directly on line at or cheque made out to Readathon and sent to school.  Please also encourage UK tax payers to tick the GiftAid box – Readathon will then be able to claim an extra 25% from the Government at no cost to the donor.

Marlborough St. Mary’s Readathon will run for 6 weeks from the 19th January to the 2nd March (World Book Day).  On this day, the sponsorship cards and donations will be collated and sent to the charity.

For any more information please visit or, alternatively, enquire at the school office on either school site.


Thank you for your support – and happy reading!

Miss L Burdge

English Leader

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Mrs Susannah Greenbank
Ducks Meadow, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 4BX
01672 513101

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Ducks Meadow, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 4BX
01672 513101