Thomas Gainsborough School’s bucket list of books highlights importance of literacy


I am delighted to be working with the Samuel Ward Academy Trust to bring greater PR coverage to the fantastic work going on in their eight schools.

So far, this has seen front pages highlighting great Ofsted reports, arranging and overseeing interviews with educational journalists and also welcoming new headteachers in the local media.

It is a privilege to work closely with some inspirational leaders which leaves me, a father of two young boys, safe in the knowledge that local education is in great hands going forward.

Never was this more apparent than at Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard which recently launched the ‘TGS 50’, a bucket list of books they encourage their children to read before they leave the school.

A happy mix of literacy classics and modern tales, it is a fantastic concept designed at further boosting literacy levels – whether a student reads one book or all 50.

The TGS 50 caught the attention of the East Anglian Daily Times who recently featured it over two pages and the television cameras of Look East who visited the school during half-term and interviewed headteacher Wayne Lloyd and student Rosie.

I write this on World Book Day, a fantastic opportunity to celebrate all that is great about literacy. Much closer to home, there is so much good work going on to enhance and embrace reading among our young.