Northern Education Trust’s Reading Routes programme has proven such a success with our year 7 and 8 students that we’ve won an award! Robin Stevens, best-selling author of the Murder Most Unladylike series, visited Freebrough Academy on 22 November 2019 to work with our year 7 and 8 students, and she was so impressed with our students and their commitment to reading that she nominated us for a Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group (CWIG) Reading for Pleasure Award. The Society of Authors who support the award, is a trade union for professional authors with 11,000 members, over 11% of whom belong to the Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group (CWIG). These authors regularly visit schools across the country delivering talks and workshops.
In her nomination, Robin wrote: “I’ve rarely been to a school where reading for pleasure is so encouraged. Freebrough’s new Reading Routes scheme has had the most incredible impact in a very short time – students in year 7 and 8 have been given a great range of new and engaging books and time to read them each week, and as a result they are all genuinely excited about reading and writing. Their curiosity and creativity was wonderful to see. I came away feeling inspired and excited about the effect this scheme has had on the whole school, and I hope that Freebrough keeps it up and encourages other schools to follow suit.”
We are delighted to have received our certificate, signed by award-winning author and Society of Authors president Philip Pullman, which will be displayed with pride in our library.
NET’s Reading Routes programme is going from strength to strength here at Freebrough, with several students having read more than 20 books since October, and one who has just finished his 30th. There is a real buzz about reading for pleasure around the whole Academy, and to receive recognition of Freebrough students’ achievements from this auspicious organisation is a phenomenal accomplishment.