On Wednesday 9th November students from year 7 were pleased to welcome author Gabrielle Kent into the academy as part of the Northern Children’s Book Festival. Students were treated to a short reading of the prologue to Gabrielle’s book, ‘Alfie Bloom and the Secrets of Hexbridge Castle’, and a presentation revealing inspiration for her writing with hints and tips on what makes a successful author.

It was good to see such an enthusiastic response from our year 7 students, many of whom took up the opportunity to meet the author personally through buying signed copies of the Alfie Bloom series of books at the end of the presentation.