Pupils from across the David Ross Education Trust celebrate love of reading at book awards ceremony at the British Library

Six talented pupils from across the David Ross Education Trust have been named winners of the Trust’s inaugural ‘Book Review of the Year’ competition at an awards ceremony held at the British Library. 


The winners, who ranged from a Reception pupil right through to a Sixth Form student, were joined by their families for the exclusive event, which also included a VIP tour of the world-famous library.


As part of the competition, which was open to the Trust’s 12,000 pupils, students were invited to submit their own imaginative and creative book reviews based on a recommended reading list set for each Key Stage.


The winning entries included book reviews of Paw Patrol, Skulduggery Pleasant, A Street Cat Named Bob and Dreams from my Father.


The winners of each category were:

  • Early Years Foundation Stage: Layla Lewis, Greenfields Primary School in Kettering
  • Key Stage 1: Quinn Pattison, Ainthorpe Primary School in Hull
  • Key Stage 2: Lyla Hepworth, Falconer’s Hill Academy in Daventry
  • Key Stage 3: Jamie Loughran, Lodge Park Academy in Corby
  • Key Stage 4: Charlie Melson, Barnes Wallis Academy in Tattershall
  • Key Stage 5: Peace Chirwa, Malcolm Arnold Academy in Northampton


The judges, who included the Trust’s Chief Executive Officer Rowena Hackwood and Director of Education Simon Rose, Trustee and Education Consultant Tracey Maloney, along with children’s author Andy Cope and Writer and Researcher Dr Mary Wellesley, were hugely impressed by the childrens’ book reviews.


Simon Rose, who judged the entries for Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, said: “Myself and my fellow judges were extremely pleased to see so many of the pupils putting their time and effort into producing fabulous book reviews.


“We have seen a fantastic range of entries, from written pieces to creative and colourful posters.


“To attend a private awards ceremony at the British Library was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our winners and their parents.


“Congratulations to every one of our winners, the judges certainly had a very tough decision to make!”


Winners were presented with a certificate of achievement and a golden ticket, which entitles them to a £50 book voucher, along with £100 worth of books for their school’s library. 




The David Ross Education Trust’s ‘Book Review of the Year’ competition is one of the many outstanding opportunities that encourage students within the network to explore new things, develop their passions and discover their talents.


The Trust is whole-heartedly committed to providing every student with a world-class education by focusing on delivering high standards of attainment and achievement, whilst raising confidence and self-esteem amongst individuals.


As part of this vision, academies across the network are encouraged to celebrate literature and develop a thirst for learning through the only trust-wide enrichment programme of its kind within the state education sector.


Rowena Hackwood, Chief Executive Officer at the David Ross Education Trust, selected Lodge Park Academy’s Jamie Loughran as the competition’s Key Stage 3 winner. She said: “At the David Ross Education Trust, we believe that reading is not simply part of the curriculum, it is much more than that, a love of literature opens up the fascinating world of story-telling to our students.


“We want to challenge, surprise and delight our children through a wide range of classic literature, both old and new. The Trust’s Book Review of the Year competition has inspired our students to think in creative ways and develop their imagination.


“I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to making this a huge success. It has been an incredible experience for the pupils, which I’m certain they will never forget.”