Rotherham Book Awards Trip

Eleanor Shaw with certificateStudents and staff from Wales High School attended the Rotherham Book Awards held at the New York Stadium in Rotherham today as ambassadors for the school.

Following their involvement in shortlisting books for the Teen Read category, as members of the KS3 Book Club, Wales pupils were invited to help out, as well as enjoy, this exciting day.

Authors of younger children’s books, and those aimed at Y7 and up, were involved in book signing, delivering workshops and talking to the pupils about how they came up with the ideas for their stories.

In the afternoon, Wales High School pupils looked after the primary schools and helped them make the most of their afternoon, in their capacity as ambassadors. Radio Sheffield also spoke to some of our students, on the day.

Claire Crowston, English teacher at Wales, said, “Our pupils really enjoyed the experience of meeting authors and taking part in the variety of activities on offer. The Book Awards are a fantastic opportunity to get involved with reading and learn something of how to go about becoming a writer.”

Author PhotoEleanor Shaw, of Year 7, won the Extreme Reading competition in the Upper Category, for her photograph of herself reading a book whilst inside her locker! Emily Barber, also of Year7, won the Creative Writing competition.

This is the second year running that a Wales student has won this prize and we were very excited to do so!

Catherine Johnson, Julian Sedgwick and L.J. Adlington are the authors pictured with the students (L.J.Adlington is the blonde one if you need to know).