Children’s author visits The St Leonards Academy

Morris Gleitzman with a group of Year 7 students
Morris Gleitzman with a group of Year 7 students

STUDENTS at The St Leonards Academy experienced a lesson with a difference when they were visited by one of the world’s best-known children’s authors.

Morris Gleitzman was on a one-week tour of the UK visiting just three schools, the St Leonards Academy being one of them.

The visit was arranged by teacher Karen Ye, who wrote to Mr Gleitzman last year showing him some of the work Year 7 students had been doing in their English lessons and this inspired the author to visit.

The students were treated to a rare reading of Morris Gleitzman’s new novel After and able to have a signed copy of one of his novels.

In Year 7 students studied the novel Once and some were able to showcase performances they had created inspired by the story.

Zak Vice, assistant principal and head of school, said: “The Year 7 students have received several free books during the academic year as part of our focus on reading for enjoyment. It was wonderful to see how our students engaged with Mr Gleitzman about his novels.

“The St Leonards Academy is passionate about improving students’ enjoyment of reading and it was thrilling to see so many students queuing up to get their books signed.”

The Guardian is running a summer competition for short stories which will be judged by Morris Gleitzman and it is hoped that some of the academy’s budding writers will enter.