It has been great to see many of our students participate in our Literary Pumpkin Competition. The creative designs were very impressive! The winning student pumpkin was ‘Jack and Sally’ from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Ms Cooze’s ‘Coraline’ was voted by 60 students as their favourite, making her the staff winner.

Emily Bevan, Head of English: “The literary pumpkins competition encouraged students to combine their love of art and literature in a new and innovative way. Students were inspired by a range of books from A.A. Milne to Lewis Carroll to Anthony Burgess. We hosted two competitions – one for staff and one for students – with the winners painting suitably spooky pumpkins.

“We were so impressed by the standard of artwork as well as the time and effort dedicated to designing such beautiful attributes to the literary world.”

Jo Halliday, Headteacher added: “Our LRC (library) has become an important learning and social hub for our students. It was such a joy to join the crowd admiring all of the pumpkins on display on Friday, but looking around the room, there were also large groups of students playing chess, reading books and using the computers. We are very fortunate to have such strong leadership of this resource, and I know how much the students appreciate it.”

Well done to everyone who took part!