Extreme reading, dropping everything to read, a quiz and dressing up were just some of the activities on the timetable for World Book Day.

Staff and pupils were encouraged to submit photos of themselves reading in unusual places for a competition while form groups took part in the launch of DEAR – a Drop Everything and Read initiative, which will be ongoing in school.

Each form group was given a box of books, which were distributed by Year 9 and 10 literacy ambassadors, and encouraged to read a book they wouldn’t normally choose.

Staff dressed up as book themed characters and stood next to displays promoting different genres of books for a special event at lunchtime.

We are also encouraging students to submit entries for our popular We Are Writers book which gives every student the opportunity to see their work in print. There is also a competition running to create a cover design for the book.

Year 13 students went on a trip to Derby Theatre to watch Educating Rita, there was a word for the week and thought for the day was a chapter or section of a member of staff’s favourite book.

Dr Tracey Burrell, librarian and learning centre manager, said: “We realise the importance of reading to develop the students’ literacy and have been promoting a number of new initiatives in school.

“The activities that took place on World Book Day will help raise pupils’ awareness of what we are trying to achieve, whilst having a bit of fun.

“Hopefully we will have inspired some of them to pick up a book and get reading.”

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