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Author Tom Palmer inspires students

A little known fact is that Tom Palmer, a well-known author, used to come to school at Allerton Grange. We were delighted that he agreed to visit his teenage stamping ground once more to inspire our students with his very interactive sessions on reading.

Tom worked with our new Year 8 students, our new Year 7s (on one of their transition days) and a very enthusiastic group of Year 5 students from Chapel Allerton and Talbot. He was honest about struggling with reading and not really liking it much as a youngster, until his mum got him into reading the newspaper sports pages. Then he explained to a rapt audience about how his confidence grew until he eventually became a published author.

This was all tied in with a quick-fire quiz about reading, and there was a great opportunity for staff and students to share what they all loved. Getting the quiz answers right meant that a student got to take part in a penalty shoot-out against a member of staff for the Reading Champion of Champions trophy. Despite valiant efforts in goal from Mr Hussain, Miss Green and Miss Watson, the students triumphed.

We had an incredibly enjoyable day with Tom. He loved it too, commenting on the "happy and friendly" environment we have here in Allerton Grange.

 

"An open and welcoming atmosphere - very useful being allowed to look at teaching and learning"
- Prospective Parent
"I applaud the focus on rewarding good behaviour. My son feels appreciated and recognised at Allerton Grange; we're all so proud."
- Year 8 Parent
"The reward and behaviour system is clear, well enforced and has positive results!"
- Parent
"An inclusive school that is focused on providing the best education for its students"
- Prospective Parent
"Staff are passionate and committed to developing and improving"
- Parent
"Pupils look smart and are well engaged in their lessons"
- Prospective Parent
"Fantastic student ambassadors who are a credit to the school."
- Prospective Parent
"Strong leadership and motivation with an emphasis on progress"
- Parent
"Safe, Supportive, Diverse"
- Local Authority Representative
"A great learning environment; light, bright and spacious classrooms, clean and well organised."
- Prospective Parent
"I am so pleased with the School Gateway app. Every day I can see any achievement and behaviour points my daughter gets and she knows that I’ll discuss it with her; it encourages her to do well."
- Year 8 Parent