The school has a well-stocked library and librarian Ann Reeve recommends a broad and interesting range of books for children to enjoy. Languages teacher Heidi Curry has a key role to promote reading across the school, an initiative instigated by headteacher Ben Stitchman, who is fully supporting reading, visiting authors, reading schemes for Key Stage 3, reading weeks, etc. The school clearly recognised the value of something popular and non-'literary' like 'Doctor Who' in engaging reluctant readers. Heidi and Ann's help with the visit on the day, and promotion beforehand, was invaluable. The children's interest was very keen and genuine. About 50 enthusiastic students, chosen from across the ability range, were actively involved in imaginative writing on the day. Many were very eager to share their work, and I had dozens of interested questions and a big queue for the book-signing at the end of the day. A very positive experience overall.

Daniel Blythe on Holmfirth High, Yorkshire  

2019/2020 Awards

Primary Schools

St Mary’s RC Primary, Manchester: Ross Montgomery (November 2019)
Hamilton Primary School, Essex: SF Said (November 2019)

Junior and Secondary Schools

Holmfirth High, Yorkshire: Daniel Blythe (October 2019)
Freebrough Academy, North Yorkshire: Robin Stevens (November 2019)