A group of keen readers from Hove Park School were lucky enough to win a £250 book buying spree at Book Nook courtesy of the Siobhan Dowd Trust. Hove Park is the only secondary school in the South East to be awarded this funding. Literacy Coaches Astrid Holm and Bryher Armstrong, who also run a community volunteer reading programme at the school, won by showcasing their innovative literacy work on Twitter.
The Siobhan Dowd Trust director Kate Powling said, ‘In judging we looked for many things, but one of the important things we wanted to do was reward schools that made reading fun and conveyed the sheer enjoyment of reading. A passion for books and stories came through in the application from the Literacy Coaches at Hove Park.’
Vanessa Lewis the co-owner of Book Nook, the only dedicated children’s bookshop in Brighton and Hove said, ‘We had a lovely time with the pupils from Hove Park who were delighted to choose lots of lovely books – what a brilliant award to give!’ The students also really enjoyed working out how many books they could choose for their money.