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Published 16th Nov 2017

hemlington hall academy receive bookshelves from duchess of cornwall

Pupils at Hemlington Hall Academy in Middlesbrough will enjoy a visit from author Vivian French on Friday 17 November as they unveil the school’s special new bookshelves.

The school has been gifted a set of 70 brand new children’s books and specially designed bookshelves as part of the Duchess’s Bookshelves project, spearheaded by six literacy charities and organisations.

Hemlington Hall Academy was nominated by the National Literacy Trust for its commitment to promoting reading for enjoyment and support of the Middlesbrough Reading Campaign. A total of 70 schools were chosen to receive the Duchess’s Bookshelves to celebrate The Duchess of Cornwall’s 70th birthday.

During her visit to the school, Vivian French will mark the unveiling of the bookshelves as part of the school’s Northern Children's Book Festival celebrations, which has involved all the children taking part in an author visit from Vivian or fellow writer, Gary Northfield.

In July, Hemlington Hall Academy was one of just two schools lucky enough to attend an event at Clarence House, where The Duchess of Cornwall presented the school with a set of the books and shelves. The celebration was also attended by top children’s authors Malorie Blackman, Lauren Child, Cressida Cowell, Charlie Higson, David Walliams and Jacqueline Wilson.

The titles on the bookshelves were chosen by pupils and include a wide a range to suit all ages and interests – from classics like A Bear Called Paddington and Matilda to new titles including Gangsta Granny and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The books were kindly donated by publishers and the bookshelves were specially designed and donated by Peters.

Allison Potter, Manager of the National Literacy Trust Hub in Middlesbrough said:

“Hemlington Hall Academy has shown fantastic commitment to encouraging pupils to read for pleasure, supporting the work of the Middlesbrough Reading Campaign.

“We hope the Duchess's Bookshelves and visit from Vivian French will inspire even more pupils at the school to enjoy reading and read more widely, which our research shows has an important impact on their attainment.”

Peter Kirby-Bowstead, Deputy Head and English Lead at Hemlington Hall Academy said:

“Reading is at the heart of all we do at Hemlington Hall Academy. To really promote reading we participate in many celebratory events, including World Book Day, the Northern Children's Book Festival, library visits and our own 'Reading Around the World' week, in addition to ensuring rich texts drive our engaging context-based curriculum - from the Early Years right up to Year Six. It is an area we continue to develop, in order to prepare each and every one of our children for future success.

“We’re delighted to receive the Duchess’s Bookshelves and can’t wait to share the children’s books with all our pupils. Thank you to The National Literacy Trust, Peters and all the publishers for this very special award.”

The Duchess Cornwall is Patron of the organisations involved in Duchess’s Bookshelves - the National Literacy Trust, Beanstalk, BookTrust, First Story, Roald Dahl Literary Estate* and the Wicked Young Writer Awards.

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