We create a fun environment for pupils to participate in Book Clubs in their schools.

BCiS is a peer-to-peer mentoring programme where Year 10s lead book clubs for all Year 7s, or 6th formers work with younger children in local primary schools. 

Through the Book Clubs, pupils learn to

  • read at a higher level
  • foster analytical thinking
  • use evidence to support opinions
  • articulate and share ideas
  • develop emotional intelligence, empathy and creativity
  • interact and relate to peers from different age groups and diverse backgrounds
  • organise and manage their time
  • effectively lead and facilitate group discussion (Book Club leaders)
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The year 10s are developing resilience and perseverance.

They have coped well with the responsibility of being prepared for book club and setting a good example to the younger students.

Amy Smith, Librarian

The habits of informed criticism and respectful debate are practised during book club, these are cross curricular life skills. I have observed the accelerated progress in the work of the pupils who participated in English.

Dom Jones, English teacher

The format gets children to reflect on a text, to consider the views of other group members and to develop more objective and analytical thinking in a fun and engaging way.

Michael Bradley, Headteacher
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Today's Top Story - Thursday 31 January 2019


Children's division takes world rights in two novels, a novella and an illustrated gift title in an acquisition that runs until 2022

Rights were acquired for HarperCollins Children’s Books by executive publisher Ann-Janine Murtagh from Veronique Baxter at David Higham. The deal keeps the author with Harper until at least 2022.

Michael Morpurgo has sold more than 35 million books worldwide, with his thirty plus titles on the HarperCollins list accounting for nearly 10 million sales in the UK and Commonwealth alone.

Recent titles include Listen to the Moon, Eagle in the Snow and Flamingo Boy. Meanwhile, his colour gift title with Emma Chichester Clark – Toto: The Wizard of Oz as Told by the Dog – has been optioned for a Warner Brothers animated movie. Morpurgo, knighted last year, has now written more than 150 books, served as Children's Laureate, and has won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, the Whitbread Award and the Blue Peter Book Award.

He said: "For more than two decades now I have been working with Harper Collins Children’s Books. I dream up my stories and write them - and I have written many now, because I am quite old, and I love telling stories. But HCCB, for a long time now, along with my other publishers of shorter stories, have supported me faithfully in all I try to do.

"It is that faith and support this writer most needs, the twin pillars of confidence. They know at HCCB that every new book for me is like a first book, no matter how many I may have written. I need the confidence a great publisher can give, just as much now as I ever did. They are sensitive and patient and kind, and clever too. They know how to tease a book out of an author. On the difficult journey that is the making of a book they are the best of companions."

Murtagh said: "We are incredibly proud to publish Michael on the HarperCollins list. Michael is a master storyteller at the height of his powers, brimming with ideas and we are hugely excited to be bringing more new books to his readers of all ages. Michael is an explorer of stories, always setting off on new adventures, and we cannot wait to continue the journey with him. We look forward to unveiling his new titles as part of our exciting publishing growth plans in the years ahead."

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