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Hungerford School library opened by Bear Grylls and author Gill Hornby
Hungerford School library opened by world famous author and TV star Bear Grylls is one of Britain’s best.
A HUNGERFORD school library has been hailed as one of Britain’s best as it celebrates its first year anniversary. John O’Gaunt’s £1.5 million Library was opened by Bear Grylls and author Gill Hornby a year ago, in the same year as students achieved record-breaking GCSE results.
With an abundance of natural light, thousands of new books, and a passion and encouragement to be the heartbeat of the school, the library is going from strength to strength.
Students are delighted to have such an inspirational centre where they can resource their studies, lives and even future careers.
Student Ciaran Morrison, aged 14, said: “This library is amazing. It not only is the place where we can read, find books and use the computers, but allows us to be creative and innovative and to even develop our careers. We also have a giant interactive TV that is well used.”
Librarian Nicola Chester, who started just over a year ago, said:
“This school is magnificent and the new library has been a massive boost to our aspirations as a school.
“Reading is central in cultivating independent learning skills – sought after by employers, colleges and universities alike. Enthusiastic readers achieve better results across all areas of the curriculum, whatever their level.
“Libraries have never been more important in the digital information age. ‘Knowledge’ is just a few clicks away. School libraries are vital in teaching students to filter, research and learn with confidence. In fact, Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell, urges parents to ‘compare the libraries of the schools they are considering, rather than look at league tables’.”
At JOG last summer 65% of students achieved A* to C in English and Maths, with 60% securing 5 A*-C grades including English and maths, representing a huge jump of 18% per cent on last year. A stunning 79% achieved A*-C in English, and 72% in maths, while in English 77% of students made expected progress and in maths the figure was 74%.
Children’s Author Enthralls JOG students
One of Britain’s best authors of children’s books has enthralled students at JOG this week. Peter J Murray inspired hundreds of students during a two-day workshop, talk and book signing.
Peter, author of the popular Mokee Joeseries and the chilling Bonebreaker trilogy, also took time out to share his own story of growing up on a council estate to becoming head teacher at the prestigious Cheam School – where Prince Charles was a student.
It is the latest in a long line of brilliant authors to visit JOG in recent months including Bear Grylls, Piers Torday, Jo Cotterill and Gill Hornby.
JOG believes in inspiring every child to have a love of reading and literacy. School librarian Nicola Chester said: “Peter literally had the students on the edge of their seats! His talk and readings were full of author tricks and tips to create suspense and atmosphere that our students our studying.
“He had audience members up on stage, acting parts in Bonebreaker and then left us on some chilling cliffhangers with his spooky short stories fromTen O’Clock Caller.
“The following day, he was swamped with students buying books and wanting them signed! One Year 7 boy said ‘I thought an author talk would be boring, but this was fantastic!’”
John O’ Gaunt school students become West Berkshire’s Rounder’s Champions
John O’ Gaunt school students become West Berkshire’s Rounder’s Champions in their last ever game.
The high-achieving Year 11 Hungerford school students won the accolade in their last match of their school days in incredible fashion.
The players who again excelled themselves are Molly Terry, Maddie Robinson, Reese Matthews-Hewer, Finley Lawson-Sanchez, Chase Dundas, Charlotte Bright, Lucy Purnell, Courtney Hillier, along with the help of Molly Skipworth and Tayler Reynders.
Their success was made all the more impressive with most teams entering their sixth-formers – whereas JOG had only Year 10 and 11 students.
PE teacher Katie Eggbeer said: “The students were again outstanding in every way. We are so proud of them. A massive well done. We were competing against students much older and yet still won.
“It has been an absolute pleasure taking these students on their fixtures, they will be missed, but what a high to end on.”
In the final JOG beat St Gabriel’s Sixth form team.
JOG is a high-achieving school inspiring students to be exceptional in studies, performing arts, music, sports and a whole host of other areas.