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Pupils and staff in Staffordshire Moorlands dress up for World Book Day

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 12, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Leek First School. From the back left: Rosie Shenton, aged seven as Little Red Riding Hood, Year Three teacher Kathleen Gamble as the White Witch, Emily Shawcroass, aged six, as The Queen of Hearts, six-year-old Alex Lea as Robin Hood, and Brodie Chawner, aged eight as Harry Potter. At the front from the left, Emily Pointon, aged four, as Little Bo Peep, and six-year-old Daisy Bailey as the Witch from Room on a Broom.

  • Author Alan Howard with Leek Library Development Officer Elizabeth Harris at the World Book Day Coffee Morning.

  • St Leonard's First School in Ipstones. At the back, Iona Mace as a Jockey. At the front from the left, Jimmy Edwards as a sheep, Jack Plant, and Chelsey Burgess as cow girl.

  • St Leonard's First School in Ipstones. From the left: Eve Kelsall as Harry Potter, Nellwyn Stanesby as Snow Queen, and Sienna Phillips as The Mermaid.

  • Bishops Rawle Primary School in Cheadle – Chloe Burges, aged seven, as Mary Poppins.

  • Bishops Rawle Primary School in Cheadle. Deputy head Craig Broome and Lewis Hickman, 6, both as Pirate captains.

  • Bishops Rawle Primary School in Cheadle. Grandfather Roy Fairbanks with his grand-daughters Charlotte Thorley, aged nine, and Elizabeth Thorley, aged five.

  • St Edward's First School in Cheddleton. Lilly Kirk, 9, as detective Judy Moody.

  • St Edward's First School in Cheddleton. Max Jeffrey, aged eight, left, and Brodan Bradburn, aged nine, as Harry Potters.

  • St Edward's First School in Cheddleton. Tia Amison, 5, as Dorothy.

  • Pupils from St Filumena's Primary in Caverswall.

  • St Filumena's Primary School in Caverswall, near Cheadle. No names given as per school policy.

  • St Luke's Primary School in Endon. Joshua Yarwood, 10, as Gangster Granny.

  • St Luke's Primary School in Endon. William Gratton, aged six, and teacher Kate Jacklin, both as Where's Wally?

  • St Luke's Primary School in Endon. Kate Brian, 8, as Hello Kitty and Emmy-Mae Reynolds, 7, as Dorothy.

  • Oliver Rogerson, 9, as Robin Hood and Evie Platt, 9, as The Worst Witch.

  • St Luke's Primary School in Endon. Millie Bailey, aged six, as Little Miss Sunshine and Aidan Yeates, aged four, as Paddington Bear.

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Youngsters across the Staffordshire Moorlands left their school uniforms at home for the day as they attended classes dressed as their favourite book character.

The fancy dress fun, which took place at schools across the district, was part of the national World Book Day celebrations.

At Leek First School there was a number of Harry Potters, witches, crocodiles, and even Postman Pat walking through the corridors of the East Street school.

Deputy headteacher Sheryl Finney said: "The children have put in a lot of effort for their costumes.

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"We had a lovely parade during assembly where everyone guessed what everyone else had come as.

"We have been carrying out work focusing on World Book Day in the classrooms all week, with each class concentrating on a particular book.

"This work will accumulate into a display of each class's work in our school hall."

Pupils at St Leonard's First School in Ipstones also dressed up for the day.

Headteacher David Mellor said: "The children brought their favourite books and talked to the rest of the class about what they really liked about them.

"There were some really creative costumes, from the Gruffalo to Horrid Henry.

"Parents went to a lot of trouble to make sure that the children looked like their story-time heroes."

Bishop Rawle Primary School in Cheadle celebrated World Book Day by focusing its activities for the week on a book called 'Wanted the Perfect Pet'.

On Thursday children dressed up as their favourite characters, and grandparents were invited in to the school to read books with the reception children.

World Book Day at St Edward's First School in Cheddleton saw pupils dressing up as their favourite book characters as well as taking the book into school to share with their classes. At St Luke's Primary School in Endon, pupils were invited to dress up as their favourite book character in return for a donation.

The proceeds are to be used to extend the non-fiction part of the school's library.

Others schools within the Staffordshire Moorlands which took part in the World Book Day celebrations last week included Cheadle Primary, Forsbrook Primary, Greatwood Primary, St Giles Primary, all in the Cheadle area, as well as Blackshaw Moor First School, St John's First School in Wetley Rocks, and Waterhouses Primary School.

Meanwhile, Leek Library hosted a coffee morning on Thursday to recognise the national literature celebrations as well as mark the 125th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Local author Alan Howard was also on hand to sign copies of his book 'The Evolution of an Evangelist' during the brew up.

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