South Yorkshire school wins cash prize on World Book Day

A South Yorkshire school has been named runner up in the second World Book Day Award and will receive £3,000 to spend on new books for the library.

Aston Academy, in Aughton Road, Swallownest, was among schools who were creatively challenged to respond to the question ‘Where Does Your Reading Take You?’ in any way they wanted.

Aston Academy submitted a short film featuring pupils talking about their incredible reading journeys, complete with animation, multi-lingual narration and subtitles.

Executive Principal at Aston Academy, Eunice Newton, said: “We are thrilled to win this wonderful prize and we are immensely proud of our students’ creative efforts.

“Our film showcased the children’s diverse tastes and reading choices and gave a real glimpse of what reading in our school community is all about.

“At Aston, we know that reading unlocks learning – and pupils will be so excited to choose the wonderful new books their efforts have earned them.”

The judging panel was headed by internationally bestselling author James Patterson, who founded the prize with £50,000 of his own money when it began in 2015.