Students’ Christmas Book reaches no.3 on Amazon chart alongside Matt Haig and Enid Blyton

By Tamsen and Mia, 13, Jill Dando News 

Students reached Number 3 in the world for their Christmas-themed stories, photography and artwork in the 6th edition of the Priory Community School Academy Christmas Stories series. 

The book out of the Weston-super-Mare school in Somerset reached no.3 in the top free Christmas ebook charts and number one for ‘hot new releases’ on Amazon!

Their stories included White Walkies by Anika Cencora, The Festive Season By Megan Sargent, Just perfect by Aisha Jarju, Runaway by Aisha Jarju, Giselle by Sydney Smith and Three Christmases by Emelia Frisby.

There was also The Transylvanian mountains in the snow by Edward Dutu, Lulu’s first Christmas by Kiera Wilton , Robin art by Daisy Fielding , A tale of Christmas by Noah Bradley, Poem by Holly Coleman, Evie’s Christmas sketchbook by Evie Aylott and Merry Christmas illustration by Ethan Cook.


James Wilmot, Director of Careers at The Priory Learning Trust wrote the foreword and helps publish the book annually.  

His foreward states “In the future I want our students to look back on their work and remember when they let their creativity out the box”. 

England teacher Sarah O’Gorman said “Every year this is a real joy to create and read: it allows students to showcase their writing and gain recognition.”

The festive publication was up there with the biggest literacy greats like JR Tolkein and Raymond Briggs, entering at number 30 in the top 100 Children Christmas eBooks on Amazon and climbing to reach number 3! 

A special book launch was held on Thursday 16th December to celebrate the authors and recognise the remarkable chart topping edition! 

Kiera, 16, was highlighted as a yearly contributor of amazing literary work and author Daisy gave a beautiful reading of Aisha (age 12)’s wintery poem ‘Just Perfect’.  

You can download the Christmas book here: 

Director of Careers James Wilmot said “To be a Number 3 best seller is an incredible achievement and something the students can take with them for a lifetime.”

Principal Angelos Markoutsas said: “Well done to all our fantastic students. This was a student-led book and not many people in the world can say they have written a best selling book.”

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