Book Fair 2017

Thank you to all for supporting our annual book fair, which was a great success. Year 7 and year 8 classes visited the fair during English classes and the reading room was buzzing with customers, particularly at break times, with people picking up reserved books or browsing and buying.


Thanks to your support, the school will receive over £550 worth of free books  as our commission. Thank you to the English staff, student helpers and of course parents for making it such a  success!

Here are some of the books from oru commission which will soon hit the library shelves:




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World Book Day Quiz


Thursday 2 march was World Book Day as we had a Big Book Quiz in the LRC to celebrate!

Congratulations to our winning team ‘Not a Social Area’. They win a £6 voucher each to spend at the book fair!



And congratulations to our Golden Ticket winners who go to choose something from oru Goody Box!


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Non Pratt visit

On Tuesday 28th February we were delighted to welcome bestselling YA author Non Pratt to the LRC where she spent the day helping students with their creative writing and more specifically characterisation. Students attending the sessions included year 9 and 10 students as well as a group of year 7 students who have reached silver or gold level in the Year 7 Reading Awards. After a well-earned lunch shared with members of our reading group, Non spoke about gender in popular culture to a group of sixth-form students who study English language and Media Studies.


What a fantastic day it was, thank you so much to Non for visiting us! You have been a great inspiration and students have really enjoyed meeting you.

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Book fair!

Our annual Scholastic Book Fair will be taking place next week in the reading room and will be open to all students at lunchtime. Additionally year 7 and 8 classes will visit the book fair during one of their English lessons

Books  can be reserved until the next day and we will be accepting World Book Day vouchers on any book purchase worth £2.99 and above.

The school receives book  commission on each book sold during the book fair allowing us to stock the LRC as well as other departments

Here is a sneak peek at the selection of books available this year:

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Forthcoming Author visit: Non Pratt

We are delighted that teen author Non Pratt will be visiting Churchill Academy on Tuesday 28th February. As well as leading creating writing workshops with some year 7, 9 and 10 students, she will be talking to A-level students about gender representation in pop culture.

We very much look forward to welcoming her to the LRC!






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Christmas Literary TV Guide!

Every year, Mrs Smith, the librarian at Eckington School in Derbyshire compiles a list of all the films and television shows based on books that show on TV over the Christmas period. This includes movies on all Freeview channels and though it includes films adapted from adult as well as children’s books,. there are no 18s to ensure the list remains family-friendly.

This is a HUGE undertaking and we are very grateful to Mrs Smith who shares this list with school librarians across the land every year!

You can download the list here by clicking on the image:



Merry Christmas, and happy viewing!


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#LovetoRead Weekend


This weekend is #LovetoRead Weekend, the culmination of the  campaign #Lovetoread launched by the BBC earlier this year to celebrate reading as one of life’s greatest joys, which  can awaken our imagination, inspire and challenge us – not just as children but throughout our lives. The BBC has produced some fabulous TV and radio programmes for this campaign. You can find an overview here, and check out Awesome Authors, focusing particularly on children’s books (You can also check out their CBBC Book Club).

You can also check out what is being said about #Lovetoread on Twitter

#LovetoRead weekend hopes to inspire everyone everywhere to read something new! In the spirit of this an to compliment Simon Mayo’s Desert Island Books, I am sharing six books that have made me the reader I am today:


Other Churchill staff have kindly offered to share their favourites also:

Mr Hildrew has also been thinking about his desert island books, you can check out his choices on his latest Headteacher Blog.

Miss Strachan has also been talking about her favourites on her blog.

Mr Davies‘s influential book is “Touching the void” by Joe Simpson:

touchingthevoidI have no idea if it is well written but I still consider it to be the best book I have ever read. Gripping from start to finish, It is the  tale of two mountaineer’s harrowing ordeal in the Peruvian Andes.

In the summer of 1985, two young, headstrong mountaineers set off to conquer an unclimbed route. They had triumphantly reached the summit, when a horrific accident mid-descent forced one friend to leave another for dead. Ambition, morality, fear and camaraderie are explored not too mention sheer bloody-mindedness to survive.

It provides an insight into the wonder but ever present danger of adventure. Arm chair adventurers everywhere should read it and go walk up a hill!

(The film is not nearly as good)

Mr Woods ‘s choice of a book that change his life is Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami

blindwillowI read this collection of short stories by Japanese author Haruki Murakami for the first time when I was thirteen years old, on a holiday in Spain. I still have fond memories of the sun, the food, and Murakami’s gentle prose. His skill is in the elevation of the mundane to the almost divine. Vignettes as simple as a character cooking a stir-fry or a moment of eye contact between two lovers are described with clarity and beauty, all in language that is totally accessible. Murakami is a writer the world should treasure.




We would love members of the Churchill Academy community to share their six choices with us too. You can do so by commenting below, emailing or via Twitter ( @ChurchillAcad and @Churchill_LRC)

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