picture7One again, the school has bought into the government – sponsored Bookbuzz Scheme run by The Book Trust. This gives each year 7 and year 8 pupil a free book from a chosen shortlist of twelve.

In past years this has only been open to new year 7 students but has now been extended to include year 8 as well.

The school pays £2.50 per pupil and the rest of the cost is picked up by the Department of       Education – and here it’s worth noting that the average price of a book is currently £6.99.

This year’s book choices are   particularly interesting, and include the latest Michael Morpurgo (An Eagle in the Snow), the autobiography of Malala Yousafzai, and one of this year’s Carnegie Medal shortlisted books – The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge.

The order has gone in this week and pupils will receive their free book either in late November or early December, but certainly before Christmas.