STUDENTS of St Mary’s Catholic Primary were treated to a visit from an author for the opening of a new library area at the school.

Andrew Clover, known for his Dad Rules column and children’s TV appearances, came to give book readings and teach pupils what it’s like to be a writer. Andrew Henstridge, head teacher of the school, said: “All too often we hear about libraries closing and not opening. I am so proud that today we are opening our new school library and that a real author is here to show what a special moment this is.

“I hope all the children will be inspired by our beautiful library, and I’m sure it will be a refuge and an inspiration for generations of children at the school.”

Teaching assistants Mrs Ballard and Mrs Warwick wanted to create a space where children would be energised and motivated to read more. Mr Clover’s visit was designed to kickstart that motivation and get children enthused about learning.

The headteacher added: “He had so much energy and was so much fun. The children were just captivated by him.

“Reading is such a key skill children must learn in order to become successful at school. Even more that this though, reading is the gateway to imagination, creativity and knowledge for a successful life. At St Mary’s we are always looking to inspire each other through reading and writing.

“The vision from Mrs Ballard and Mrs Warwick has been amazing and we are all greatly indebted to them for their efforts.”