Popular academy passionate about reading and diversity receives 100 new books from writers of colour

By Amy, 12 and Lexie,11

A popular academy passionate about reading and diversity has received 100 new books from writers of colour.

Priory Community School Academy (PCSA), part of The Priory Learning Trust (TPLT), in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset received a diverse collection of books for their brilliant library – all written by a range of writers of colour.

The amazing collection from Penguin books and the Runnymede Trust will further inspire students to read more and also boost the school’s fully inclusive, forward looking curriculum.

The school and TPLT already have a Reading Programme to further encourage the love of reading for its 2 to 18 year olds which is working brilliantly.

Jason Edwards, Assistant Principal, said: “Our students are already really enjoying reading these excellent books.

“We want our students to be given a rich opportunity to explore a range of cultures and to develop a lifelong love of reading.”

Jason added: “It is essential that the books that children read in their formative years reflect the rich diversity of the society we live in.  

“Adding these fantastic books to our learning resources at Priory will help us achieve our ambition of providing a fully inclusive, forward looking curriculum that equips students with core knowledge about the best that has been thought and written.”

A spokesperson for Penguin Books said: “We genuinely hope this donation will revitalise your school’s library and stir inspiration amongst your students.”

Students at Priory, along with Worle Community School Academy and The King Alfred School Academy all read for at least twenty minutes every day.

And pupils at their primary schools, St Anne’s Church Academy, Castle Batch Primary School Academy, Pawlett Primary School Academy, West Huntspill Primary Academy and East Huntspill Primary Academy also read at every opportunity.https://www.penguin.co.uk