Extreme Reading Challenge for Y7 this summer.

The Library Ladiez like to set Y7 a reading challenge for the holidays, but this one for the summer holiday will hopefully inspire students to get creative as well as read!

This was Mrs Gibson on holiday last year, with the hottest book of the year:

Anne Gibson 2 copy

And this was Mr Broad’s gymnastic attempt later in the year:

Jonathon Broad

We are sure our students can be much more inventive (probably with Fault in our Stars, which is THIS year’s hottest book!) Just send them as Jpegs to the Library staff email at school.

Of course there will be prizes for the best entries, so get reading – and snapping!




Transition evening for Y6 students

It was lovely to meet some of our new students before they actually arrive, in uniform, in September. 16 students joined the Library ladiez for a tour of the Library and all its facilities and to hear the story of The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers. There was time to go “shopping” for library items (including our ereaders and talking books) and to create their own Reading Pizza by adding library keyword “toppings” before borrowing a book for the summer holidays.

Transition basket & Pizza

Ex-student runs a writing workshop for Y7.

We were thrilled to invite Sian Norris back into school who has become a published author since we last saw her in 2003.
She ran two writing workshops for Y7 students who were being rewarded for fantastic reading this year in their Library Lessons, based around her book Greta and Boris

Cover 2

Students listened to her beautiful reading of a chapter and then prepared descriptive details for their own characters and settings. Here are some of the mind maps the students created:

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Sian was happy to sign book plates and answer questions about her day job as a copy writer for an agency supporting the work of charities as well as her personal writing.


“It was really good hearing her inspirations for her book and how it was written and then illustrated. ” said Ben

“Her book sounds very emotional and heart warming. If I had made this book, I would be very proud of myself.” said Emily

“Meeting Sian Norris was amazing because she went to Backwell School and then became an author.” said Imogen.