Wigtown and Kirkcowan Reading Passport Scheme


The Reading Passport was established by Wigtown Primary School in 2004/05 and celebrates its tenth birthday this year with more than 900 pupils from Wigtown and Kirkcowan Primary Schools having achieved Rainbow, Bronze, Silver and Gold passport awards since its inception.  On average, 70% of all pupils at the schools have chosen to undertake this optional activity which encourages children to engage in reading and writing and participate in literature events.  The funding initially secured to support the original scheme has now come to an end.


After ten years, it’s time to renew our passports and look forward to a new literary journey, filled with new challenges and adventures.  The revised scheme will engage all children from clustered schools Wigtown and Kirkcowan in the Reading Passport and provide them with invaluable opportunities in reading, creative writing, storytelling, author visits and to learn more about literature locally from our host of bookshops and booksellers, children’s authors and illustrators, library services and our local event – Wigtown Book Festival.  The Reading Passport is more personal to the schools and reflects Wigtown’s unique status as Scotland’s National Book Town, and the role the schools can (and do) play within that.


The revised Reading Passport takes into account feedback received from parents and stakeholders and offers a more streamlined approach across age groups so that children at different levels are able to work on similar themes at the same time.  These include areas such as Scots Language whereby tasks become more advanced as children progress through the school.  The support available from teaching staff is greater with all children focusing on one theme at a time, offering greater and more developed resources to support the scheme and additional encouragement available through attending the school’s Homework Club.  The revised scheme means that the award can be achieved in school and homework time rather than only as an optional extra and therefore 100% of pupils stand to achieve their Reading Passport every year.


The annual cost of running the Reading Passport is £3,200 – just £21.30 per child.  The cost includes: printing; two author visits (including fees, travel & accommodation); literary visits (to libraries, bookshops and local author events); award certificates; and award prizes in the form of book tokens, encouraging children to read further on completion of each level of their passport and supporting our local book businesses.


Become a Passport Partner

We’re incredibly excited about the next phase of the journey and would like to invite you to join us by becoming one of our Passport Partners.  Partners can support the scheme by pledging an annual membership of any multiple of £5.  This reflects the prizes awarded for completing the Reading Passport at each level: Rainbow £5; Bronze £10; Silver £15; and Gold £20. 


Our Passport Partners can choose which level of the scheme they’d like to support and will receive a certificate to display acknowledging your contribution towards encouraging our future generation of readers and writers.


Thank you for your time and consideration.


The cost of the donation is set here at £5 but if you would like to donate a higher figure, please simply change the quantity and 'update basket'.  If you would like to receive a certificate to display (if you are a business choosing to support the scheme) please say so in delivery instructions.  Donations from UK Tax Payers are eligible for Gift Aid which increases the donation by a further 20% at no additional cost to you.  We will send a gift aid declaration along with an acknowledgement for your kind donation.