Lord Wandsworth College

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  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational
  • Roll: 390 (Boys) 230 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 11 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1922

General Information

The young people at Lord Wandsworth quickly appreciate that education is not simply about academic results or achievement in the arts or sport. Education at the College is concerned with the development of self within a caring and supportive community.This is a special place where individuals are valued and are taught to respect the needs and aspirations of others. There is no pretence here, simply a ready concern for what is right and a real sense of purpose in achieving the best that is possible. The academic curriculum is challenging yet appropriate; everyone is encouraged to become fully involved in a busy, diverse boarding community. Above all we place great emphasis on belonging and it is this strong sense of ownership and collective responsibility that is immediately evident to visitors.

Facilities

We have specialised Music and Drama Centres and a separate 6th Form Centre with its own ICT suite, reference and resource area and recreation facilities.

The main sports played are rugby, hockey, netball, tennis and cricket. Squash, badminton, golf, cross-country running, athletics, swimming, cycling and canoeing are also actively pursued and there are school teams in each of these sports. Facilities include a full size and a third size floodlit Astroturf; Sports centre with Climbing Wall, 3 Badminton Courts, 2 Squash Courts and Basketball Court; indoor 25m swimming pool; tennis courts; rugby, football and cricket pitches and a cross country course.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme flourishes as does the Combined Cadet Force and an active Community Service group. Other activities include pottery, life saving, rock climbing and debating.

EAL (English as an Additional Language):- Differing levels of support are provided for those pupils whose first language is not English. Students’ grasp of English as well as their future intentions are established once they arrive. Teaching is provided by qualified specialist staff in a supportive environment where diversity is celebrated.

Full, weekly and flexi boarding is available in our 7 boarding houses, each with a mixture of single, double, 3 and 4 bed rooms.

Entrance Requirements

Common Entrance, School’s own examination or test, interview.Entry into the 6th Form: minimum of 4 Grade Cs and 2 Grade Bs at GCSE.

Scholarships

11+: Academic, Sport & Music. 13+ & 16+: Academic, Sport, Music, Art, Drama, All Rounder. Some Foundation Awards are available, please contact the school for details.

Open Days

2018. Open Mornings for 13+ entry: Thurs. 22nd November, both 9am – 11am.

Open Mornings for 11+ entry: Wed. 14th November, 9am – 11am.

6th Form - please call us to arrange a personal appointment

Fees

2018/2019.

Juniors: Full Boarding £9,750, Weekly Boarding £9,430, Flexi Boarding (up to 3 nights) £8,260, Day £6,810.

Seniors: Full Boarding £11,100, Weekly Boarding £10,600, Flexi Boarding (up to 3 nights) £9,200, Day £7,820.

Occasional Boarding: £53 per night.

Reports

ISI Inspection 2017

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr Adam Williams

Contact for enquiries: Mrs M Hicks, Director of Admissions

Lord Wandsworth College
Long Sutton
Hook
Hampshire
RG29 1TB

[t]: 01256 862201
[f]: 01256 860363
[w]: www.lordwandsworth.org

Location Description

Set on a large, rural campus of 1200 acres on the North Hampshire/Surrey border.

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School News

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Dianyi Y was invited to take part in the UKMT Maths Olympiad Maclaurin round which is only open to the 500 best performing students on the

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Intermediate Maths Challenge paper.  Dianyi achieved a Certificate of Distinction and was awarded a gold medal and a book for excellence.  This places Dianyi in the top 50 students in his age category in the UK, a true accolade.  Well done, Dianyi!

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RACE TO THE BEACH

A team of 23 pupils and 12 staff took part in Race to the Beach. The conditions were incredibly tough, in 30

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degree heat, but everyone performed brilliantly. The adventure made use of the brand new Shipwright’s Way, a National Trail which almost links LWC with the beach at Hayling Island. Students and staff ran the 52-mile trail as a relay team.

A team of cyclists, led by the Bursar, also set a challenge to cycle from Hayling Island to the College and back before the runners arrived – a gruelling 110-mile slog – and a narrow victory!

Students and staff raised a fantastic amount for several charities including robbiesrally, SSAFA  and CRY.

 

STUDENT-LED DRAMA PRODUCTION

A brilliant example of pupil initiative, Amy P, Lower 6th, wrote, cast and directed her first play entitled ‘Books, DVD and a Dance.’  The production was a resounding success and all 3rd and 4th Form pupils involved worked incredibly hard and had an amazing experience.

Amy raised funds towards the cost of her conservation research Operation Wallacea Trip to Indonesia this summer.

 

INTERNATIONAL SPACE CHALLENGE

Two 4th Form teams combined their Science and Foreign Language skills to take part in the International Space Challenge 2018. This event highlights the importance of languages in a science-based career, where there is so much international collaboration. Pupils built a model of a space hotel, gave a presentation on the design and engineering, wrote a tweet and presented their marketing plan in French/Spanish!

 

3rd FORM BATTLEFIELD TRIP TO YPRES

3rd Form Historians visited the WW1 Battlefields of France and Belgium. The trip began in Ypres, moving to the Somme where they walked in the footsteps of those that went over the top on 1st July 1916. Some pupils were able to visit memorials of their own relatives who had fallen in the war.

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On Saturday 9th June, a group of our 1st and 2nd Form pupils slept in a ‘cardboard city’ in the school grounds to generate awareness

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of homelessness and raise funds for the Aldershot charity, Step by Step.

Their evening included burger and snack making, followed by a bbq with stories round the camp fire but at 11pm it was ‘lights out’ to sleep on the cold, damp field. Whilst they had a few home-comforts, the event was supporting a serious issue, and the idea was to give up their beds for the night, sleeping on a hard floor, to raise money for those who don’t have the luxury of a bed. 1 in 100 young people in the UK are expected to experience homelessness and this shocking figure is something Step by Step are working hard to help change.

So far LWC pupils have raised £1156 which is double the amount last year’s event raised. Adam Williams said, “we are really proud of all those who took part to support this great cause. LWC pupils wanted to complete this challenge for the second year running and raise much needed funds for Step by Step who help around 2000 young people every year.”

For more information about the fantastic work done by Step by Step: https://www.stepbystep.org.uk/

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On the back of some fine A level results, the GCSE pupils at Lord Wandsworth College shone this summer, with over half of all GCSE

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grades being awarded at A* or A (53%) and 80% of all grades at A*-B, equalling the school’s best GCSE performance in many years and against the backdrop of more challenging exams and reports of less certainty in the new grading system. 95% of pupils achieved and average of A*-C across all subjects.

Huge congratulations, in particular, go to Tabitha Restall-Young and Hristina Iankova, who achieved the perfect set of 10A*s, closely followed by 12 other pupils including Amy McGeoch, Luke Allison and Alvin Boateng who achieved 8 or 9A*s.

Although a school which is passionate about the all-round nature of education and the individual, LWC continues to invest heavily in the quality of teaching and learning, staff professional development and teaching facilities.  With a £250,000 refurbishment to the English department almost complete and a state-of-the-art new Science centre in the planning stages to name but two of many projects, the core subjects of English, Maths and the Sciences, in particular, are flourishing, with A*-B grades of over 90% in almost all cases this year.

Headmaster, Adam Williams, said, “It is a privilege to see our pupils continue to fulfil their potential across the wide range of subjects, yet maintain their passions for music, sport, drama and the broader co-curriculum. They remain committed to reaching out in the community to make a positive difference to others too, which is truly inspirational.  Our mission to transform the teaching and learning landscape at LWC whilst maintaining the ethos of the College continues apace, and these results are testament to the exciting changes that have been made.”

Photo:  left to right:  Melvin Boateng (6 A*, 2 A, 2 B), Mackenzie Burke (2 A*, 6 A, 2 B),  Tabitha Restall-Young (10 A*),  Alvin Boateng (8 A*, 2 A), Headmaster Adam Williams

Lord Wandsworth College independent day and boarding school Hampshire

After continuing academic progress and development throughout the year at Lord Wandsworth College, and against a national landscape of more rigorous examination assessments, the pressure

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was on for the cohort of 2017, but LWC pupils delivered some superb academic stories, with 32% of all results being graded A*-A, 63.1% A*-B (an increase of 6% on the previous year) and a pass rate of 99%. With significant investment in teaching and pastoral facilities over the summer close to completion and over £10m more planned within the next 5 years, the future looks bright indeed for this all-round school with an academic heart; a school which also has record levels of interest and record numbers of pupils attending this September.

Huge congratulations, in particular, go to Katherine Heywood, who achieved 4A*s and an A* in her EPQ (she heads on to Cambridge to read Medicine), followed closely by Miles McDuffus, Charley Rogerson, Harry Badger, Dan Budd, Hannah Evans and Georgia Warner, Jake Samut, Ella Jeffery and Kate Towsey all of whom achieved at least 3 A grades.

The year group further provided an almost clean sweep of A*s in their Extended Project qualifications as they took and applied their subject knowledge to university-degree level.

Headmaster, Adam Williams, said,  “ as a school which is utterly committed to Character Education, Pupil Voice and an all-round education, our pupils can be rightly proud of some fine exam performances which will spur them onwards and upwards in their future careers to make a positive difference in the world, where curiosity, creativity and emotional intelligence are key.  They have been supported by some inspirational teachers too, who constantly strive for new and innovative ways to deliver an ever-changing curriculum.“

 

Photo:  left to right – Charlie Rogerson, Harry Badger, Hannah Evans, Adam Williams (Headmaster)

 

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Pupils at Lord Wandsworth College spent Saturday night sleeping out in school grounds to raise over £500 for the Aldershot-based charity,

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Step by Step.

Twenty five Year 8 pupils slept under the stars on, luckily for them, one of the warmest nights of the year. Many had made cardboard box shelters and during the evening they played games, made and barbecued sausages and burgers before toasting marshmallows over an open fire. They were woken early by the dawn chorus and their efforts were rewarded by bacon sandwiches at 6am.

The pupils were reminded of the serious message behind their fun as Step by Step support local young people who are facing hard times, including homelessness, and help prepare them for a more secure life.

Headmaster Adam Williams said, ‘The pupils were keen to support this amazing charity to show some awareness of how lucky they are to be at LWC. They had a great night and were proud to be part of the project. Our Year 7s are already looking forward to taking part next year!’

Step by Step Community Fundraiser, Jenny Jackson, said, “We are very grateful to everyone who slept out at Lord Wandsworth and to all those who sponsored them.   We couldn’t help around 1,900 young people this year without the support of schools like Lord Wandsworth, their fundraising really will help other young people build a brighter future for themselves.”

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The Lord Wandsworth College community has broken the Guinness World Record for the most people taking part in a game of

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touch rugby.

523 people took part in the game, held at Lord Wandsworth College in Long Sutton, on Saturday 24th June and Sunday 25th June, beating the current record of 442 which was set by the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

Participants included current and former pupils, staff, parents, local villagers, Alton and Farnham rugby clubs and pupils from Long Sutton primary school, Danes Hill and St Neot’s prep schools.   John Brake, the professional England rugby sevens player, came along to take part and the London Irish Academy were there too, along with their mascot.

The community raised over £4000 for Cancer Research and mental health charity, Mind.

Jonathan Pitt, houseparent at Lord Wandsworth College, said “I’m so proud of all those people that helped make this happen – we couldn’t have done it without the whole community getting involved and we’re over the moon to have raised so much money for charity.”

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The annual Lord Wandsworth College careers fair took place in March and was, for the first time, also attended by pupils from The Costello School in

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Basingstoke.

It was a diverse and stimulating afternoon, with just under 40 parents and alumni from a wide range of professions and sectors on hand to talk to pupils, including a former MP, jeweller, accountant, engineer, architect, scientist, pilot, music industry manager, quantity surveyor, film maker and actress.

Over 400 pupils from 3rd Form to 6th Form were eager to meet the delegates and ask questions about what their jobs involved.  Delegates offered encouragement and advice on how to choose a career and emphasised the importance of developing the right thinking and communication skills.

Rupert Gardner from The Costello School said “We were very grateful to be invited to the careers fair at Lord Wandsworth College where over a large selection of companies, businesses and career paths were being demonstrated and explained.  Our students had the opportunity to talk to a wide range of representatives and business leaders ranging from professional rugby players to airline pilots, goldsmiths to racing car designers and even the CEO of Vodafone UK!  The delegates were able to explain their choices for further and higher education, their changing career paths and their hopes and aspirations for the future.  It gave a unique insight into the world of work, and the path that people took to reach their current employment which hopefully inspired our students as they make their choices for the future.”

Sharon Allmark, Head of Careers and Higher Education at Lord Wandsworth College said, “We are so grateful to the parents and Sternians (alumni) who gave up their time to provide pupils with an invaluable insight into their inspirational careers and career paths. The advice given to pupils on making choices and on career development is priceless and will be of great value to them in their future decision making.”

Photo: View of careers fair

 

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William Harris, a pupil at Lord Wandsworth College, was announced as runner-up in a national competition to recognise pupil librarians.

The competition is a joint venture

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between the School Library Association and the CILIP School Libraries Group.  A five-strong short list was selected from a strong field of nominations from school librarians across the UK and the winner and runner up were announced by bestselling author Cathy Cassidy at a special ceremony at Portcullis House, Westminster.

Barbara Band, Chair of the Judging Panel and founder of the award said “Week after week many students support the libraries in their schools by giving of their time and effort.  These students are not only helping to create a lively and effective library that responds to the needs of its users, they are also gaining valuable skills and experience in the process.  This award was created to recognise that work and also to highlight the unique synergy that occurs when a pupil becomes a library assistant.”

William’s citation described him as reliable and dependable under pressure and his contributions in the library have widened pupil participation, inspired others to join the library team and attracted non-users into the library.   He promotes the library throughout the school; running quizzes and competitions and producing displays.  William said “the library was the place where I was able to feel safe and happy, away from the intensity of the rest of the college” and he has enabled many other students to enjoy this same feeling through the creation of an active book club that allows them to develop their thoughts and emotions in a supportive peer-to-peer environment.

Headmaster, Adam Williams, said “William is an exceptional library assistant who has set the standards for others to aspire to.  When one looks at the range of his involvement and the events that William oversees, there are moments when he could be a member of staff.  We are extremely proud of him.

Photo: William with his award certificate in Lord Wandsworth College’s library

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Students at Lord Wandsworth College performed a powerful, all male production of Christopher Marlowe’s classic tragedy, Dr Faustus, to great acclaim.

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class=”x_MsoNormal”>The tale of a man who sells his soul to the devil for 24 years of absolute power was given a school-based twist and setting. Using screens and light boxes, the production managed to create distinct locations and moods to support Faustus’ descent into hell. Comic set-pieces, including the disruption of a papal event, were imaginatively realised and skilled ensemble work brought the seven deadly sins to life in an under-stated, but powerful way.

5th former, Laurence Watkins, produced an outstanding performance as Faustus, capturing the arrogance and anguish of his journey before delivering a formidable rendition of the powerful soliloquy that concludes the play and left the audience numb, as the seven deadly sins gathered to claim their prize. Jamie Read ably supported as the menacing Mephistopheles and was among many striking cameos from the eight-strong cast; Ben Reeves’ self-absorbed Emperor and Billy Densham’s seductive Duchess also stood out.

Headmaster, Adam Williams, said, ‘It was an inspirational performance by these young actors, who toyed with the audience’s emotions throughout under the exceptional direction of English teacher Mr Machin.  As always, it is a privilege to see work of such quality in our purpose-built drama centre.”

Photo from left to right: Marcus Ruffell, Harry Wright, Billy Densham, Lawrence Watkins, Jamie Read, Ben Reeves, Will Sanvoisin, Melvin Boateng

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Emily Harris, a 14 year old pupil at Lord Wandsworth College, has represented Great Britain at the U18 Women’s Ice Hockey

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World Championships in Poland.

Playing against Italy, Denmark, Poland, China and Kazakstan, the GB team finished up 4th in the table.  Not only was Emily awarded Player of the Game by her team against Denmark, she also received the Great Britain Supporters Club trophy for their Player Of The Tournament.

Headmaster, Adam Williams, said “We’re extremely proud of Emily’s efforts.  A lot of hard work and perseverance goes into performing at this level and she is doing fantastically well.”

Photo attached: Emily Harris

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Villagers from Long Sutton and children from Long Sutton primary school came together with pupils and staff at Lord Wandsworth College

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to stop and observe a two minute silence on Armistice Day, in memory of all those that have died in battle.

There were some 700 people gathered around the flagpole at 11am to remember those who had fallen.  The Guard of Honour from Lord Wandsworth’s Combined Cadet Force marched onto the parade, followed by the Headmaster, Governor Tim Prideaux, the Heads of College and two pupils from Long Sutton primary school, all of whom laid wreaths.

Sixth Former, Ben Baily, played the Reveille on the Bugle and Head of College, Charley Rogerson, read out the names of those from Long Sutton and Sternians (Lord Wandsworth alumni) who died in WW1. The sun shone and the birds sang as pupil, Peter Cooke, read the poem ‘In Flanders’ Fields’.  Crosses from each boarding house were laid alongside the wreaths at the foot of the flag pole and the college chaplain, Pete Maidment, led the prayers.

It was a special and poignant moment for the community to gather together, stop and remember.

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A school that began through the will of a wealthy man has shown its own charitable aptitude by raising over £22,000 during the last school

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year.

With events ranging from bake sales and non-uniform days to tough physical challenges, staff and pupils at Lord Wandsworth College have shown commitment to helping others. Charities supported include the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), Teenage Cancer Trust, CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) and Macmillan as well as the school’s own Ghana Partnership.  The College has also started a fund to build a War Memorial to honour former pupils who died for their country.

Many events have been nominated by pupils themselves with Sophie’s Fund being decided as a non-uniform day charity through a Dragon’s Den style presentation by 14 year old pupils. Lower 6th former, Robyn Wheeler, spoke movingly in an assembly about the Teenage Cancer Trust and Upper 6th former, Laith Al-Khalaf, spoke powerfully about the refugee crisis. Key Stage 3 pupils held a highly successful Christmas Fayre which raised £2000 for a cancer charity.

Boarding houses have raised money through coffee mornings or entertainment evenings featuring external speakers.  Staff and pupils have taken on a range of physical challenges together – the 125 mile Devizes to Westminster canoe race and the John O’Groats to Land’s End cycle tour being just two.

Already the current school year has started with a charitable focus with 17 year-old Ben Baily completing the Mean Bean Challenge for the Tear Fund drawing attention to world hunger, a Colour Run being held for the War Memorial Fund and a Chase The Sun race around the Isle of Wight to raise funds for the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

Headmaster, Adam Williams, said “As part of our +1 ethos, it is hugely important to us and our pupils that we seek to be fully engaged with the world outside the College. I am delighted that so many pupils put forward ideas and support events with such determination and they are an inspiration to us all. We are committed to developing our pupils’ social awareness and using their skills and passions to benefit the wider community. By doing this, we believe they are very much following the ideals of the College’s Founder.”

 

 

Photo:Participants in the Colour Run for a War Memorial Fund

 

 

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A group of energetic pupils and staff from Lord Wandsworth College spent ten days over the summer cycling from John O’Groats

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to Land’s End in the school’s 13th annual charity cycle tour.

These cycling trips have now raised almost £30,000 for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) which supports young people diagnosed with potentially life-threatening cardiac conditions and offers bereavement support to families.

The pupils, aged between 15 and 18, cycled distances of up to 120 miles per day in order to achieve their feat within 10 days.  The route took them through stunning landscapes in Scotland, over daunting climbs such as the Kirkstone Pass in the Lake District and through the relentless dips and climbs of the West Country.  Helped by a largely favourable wind and improving weather, the group showed extraordinary determination and resilience day after day.

Headmaster Adam Williams said, “This was a phenomenal achievement by a remarkable group of young men and their highly supportive teachers.  We are proud of the way our pupils take on diverse and original challenges and embrace the chance to develop themselves whilst raising money for a vital charity.”

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For the fourth year in a row, Lord Wandsworth College has once again hosted the popular Festival of Book Clubs, now

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a firm fixture in the literary calendar for local book clubs.

Over traditional afternoon tea, five leading authors talked about their literary careers and latest novels.  There was lively, interactive discussion with the audience, chaired by Tim O’Kelly of OneTree Books in Petersfield, which was made up of 120 members of book clubs from across Hampshire and Surrey plus a group of GCSE and A Level pupils from the College.

Karen Maitland writes historical novels after she became fascinated by the medieval period having visited the Beguinage in Bruges.  Her novels include The Vanishing Witch, which was a Good Housekeeping recommended book, and her most recent novel The Raven’s HeadRobin Blake has been a school teacher, documentary maker for Capital Radio and a full time author since 1986 – he has written a plethora of historical crime fiction.  London born, Carol Drinkwater, is best known for her award-winning portrayal of Helen Herriot in the television adaptation of the James Herriot books, All Creatures Great and Small.  Her first book, The Haunted School, was published and made into a TV series.  She has just finished her 21st book. Nicci Gerrard and her husband, Sean French, write as a partnership – they published their first Nicci French novel, The Memory Game, in 1997.  There are now fourteen other bestselling novels by Nicci French published by Penguin.  Finally, Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling writer of psychological crime fiction.  Her novel, The Carrier, won the Crime Thriller of the Year Award at the Specsavers National Book Awards.  Two of her crime novels, The Point of Rescue and The Other Half Lives, have been adapted for ITV.

Lord Wandsworth’s English teacher and Head of Academic Enrichment, Jennie Leopold, said “This was a beautifully civilised event, in aid of The Honeypot children’s charity.  It was enriching for our students as not only were they able to listen to successful authors divulge their thoughts on the writing process, but they were able to converse with them and pick their brains on all aspects of writing. The students’ curiosity and imaginations were indulged to the full and they departed full of both insight and scones in equal measure!”

Photo: Authors – from left to right: Sophie Hannah, Karen Maitland, Carol Drinkwater, Nicci Gerrard, Sean French and Robin Blake

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