Cockburn John Charles Academy at the Leeds Book Awards

Students from Cockburn John Charles Academy (CJCA) presented the KS4 category nominations and award on stage at the Leeds Book Awards at a glittering ceremony at Elland Road last month.

Harvey, Helena, Sam, Evelin, Heloysa and Olivia were selected as the students who had the honour of announcing the winning KS4 author on the grand stage, with esteemed authors and fellow schools as their audience.

Their selection stemmed from a previous book awards excursion during which they diligently recorded excerpts from the shortlisted books. These recordings were featured at the awards ceremony, adding an extra layer of excitement to the event.

The Leeds Book Awards, a collaborative endeavor between Leeds Libraries and Leeds 2023, serves as a grand celebration of the world of literature and aims to foster a love for reading.

Every participating school receives a thoughtful selection of books to engage their students in reading, discussions, and voting for their favorite title.

The culmination of this literary journey occurs with the tallying of votes from all participating schools, resulting in the announcement of the winner at an elegant awards ceremony hosted at Elland Road.

The school’s dedication to the cause is underscored by the privilege of having CJCA students present the KS4 category nominations on stage and bestow the award upon the winning author.

Following on from the Awards, the school participated in the Marketplace event at Leeds Central Library the following day. This event offered our students an opportunity to immerse themselves in workshops centered around the featured books and interact with the authors and illustrators.

Siobhan Roberts, Head of School, expressed her immense pride and said:

“I could not be prouder of Harvey, Helena, Sam, Evelin, Heloysa and Olivia. Their dedication to the Leeds Book Awards and their selection to announce the winning KS4 author is a testament to their hard work and passion for literature. It’s a momentous occasion for our school, and they represented us with grace and distinction.”


This post is based on a press release issued by Cockburn John Charles Academy


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