Carnegie Medal celebrations at Backwell School

On Tuesday 5th June our Carnegie Medal group traveled over to Backwell School for our yearly joint Carnegie Medal celebrations.



Every year, we have activities and a quiz around the shortlisted books. This year, Mrs Gibson, the librarian at Backwell School, had organised activities including emoji charades, a ‘prop’ quiz and of course an opportunity to vote for our winner.

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This year we tried something new and invited an author to give a talk as part of our celebrations. Mimi Thebo has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal twice with her novels Dream the Bear and Coyotte Summer; she talked to students about how difficult it is for books to reach readers and how the Carnegie Medal plays a vital role in highlighting books of quality that might not otherwise get the recognition they deserve.

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And of course, there was cake. LOTS of cake!

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The day closed with a debate about the shortlist and the result of our vote:



We will have to wait until Monday 18th June to find out who the judges have chosen as their winner.

We had a fantastic time. Thank you again to Mrs Gibson and Mrs Vaux for their warm welcome and the great day they organised for us. Our turn next year!

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Christopher Edge visit

On Tuesday 23rd January we were delighted to welcome Christopher Edge to the Academy to talk about his books:


He answered questions from a small group of year 8 students at lunchtime before speaking to all of our year 7s in the afternoon about science and how it inspired his stories.

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Many thanks to Chris for visiting us!

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Suffragettes #Vote100




Today marks the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, which gave women the vote in Britain.






Find out more about their fight to gain the vote in those amazing books!


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The books are:

The Princess and the Suffragette – Holly Webb
Things a Bright Girl Can Do – Sally Nicholls
Opal Plumstead – Jacqueline Wilson
Rebel Voices: the Rise of Votes for Women – Louise Kay Stewart & Eve Lloyd Knight (narrative illustrated non-fiction)
Sall Heathcote: Suffragette – Mary T Albot, Kate Charlesworth, Bryan Talbot (graphic novel)
My Story: Suffragette – Carol Drinkwater
Make More Noise – Emma Carroll et al. (short stories)
Until We Win – Linda Newbery
Hazel – Julie Hearn
The Making of Mollie – Anna Carey
Polly’s March – Linda Newbery
Suffragettes and the Fight for the Vote – Sarah Ridley (non-fiction)

All are available from the library!



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Brontë Book Club



Brontë200 is a five year programme celebrating the bicentenaries of the births of four of lucy_portraitthe Brontës: Charlotte in 2016, Branwell in 2017, Emily in 2018 and Anne in 2020. This year, as part of the ongoing celebrations, teen book vlogger Lucy Powrie (Lucy the Reader) has been appointed as the Brontë Society Young Ambassador.
As part of her role, she has launched an online Brontë Book Club for 2018, featuring six Brontë books.

Brontë Book Club books choices:
January-February: Wuthering Heights (Emily Brontë)
March-April: Agnes Grey (Anne Brontë)
May-June: Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë)
July-August: The Complete Poems of Emily Brontë
September-October: Shirley (Charlotte Brontë)
November-December: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Anne Brontë)

We are taking part and are looking for students to follow the Brontë Book Club alongside us! Would you be interested in joining? All year groups are welcome!
You do not have to read all the books

If you are interested, come to the library or email Mrs McGilloway (


Here is Lucy’s vlog explaining it all:



Other Lucy the Reader videos that might be of interest:



You can follow Lucy on the following: Twitter, Instagram, and her blog.

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Amazing Books to read and gift at Christmas

All the books on this presentation are also available to borrow from the library.
Happy Reading!

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Author Visit for Year 7s

We are delighted to announce that Gill Lewis will be visiting Churchill Academy on Tuesday 7th November and will speak to all year 7 students about her new book, Sky Dancer


We look forward to welcoming her to Churchill Academy.

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