Students at Warrington & Vale Royal College were given an insight into the importance of reading and the impact it can have on their future careers, thanks to an inspiring visit from Warrington Worldwide editor, Gary Skentelbery.
Organised as part of the college’s reading campaign and English strategy, Gary spoke to students about his experiences of reading as a child and how his passion for both reading and writing led him to a successful journalism career, which has seen him develop the Warrington Worldwide brand from one magazine to six.
Gary then delivered a reading from his favourite book – Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome – before presenting awards to three students who have shown outstanding progress in their reading this term.
Kieron Richings-Jones, Reece Forrester and Sophie Daniels were all named as reading champions and presented with a certificate and an Amazon voucher.
Warrington Worldwide is one of the sponsors of the college’s reading campaign, which aims to get every student reading regularly, as well as improving their reading ability.
Gary said: ”Reading is an important part of our lives and something I enjoyed as a child, although sadly due to the pressures of work is something I don’t do often enough now. You never stop learning by reading from books.
“When I heard about the reading campaign at the college I felt it was important to support and hopefully help inspire more young people to read more books. I would also encourage all parents and guardians to encourage young people to read, especially bedtime stories.”
Gary added: “2018 is the 50th anniversary of our publishing company Orbit News Ltd and we are supporting a number of events like the reading challenge.”
Elizabeth Draper, Director for English at Warrington & Vale Royal College, said: “We are really appreciative of Gary and Warrington Worldwide for sponsoring our reading campaign this year, and for all of the help and support he has provided so far.
“Events like pop-up storytelling and ‘Reading Elevenses’ – which Gary led this term – are vitally important to not just encouraging our students to read, but also recognising their success in doing so. We will be continuing to hold such events throughout the academic year to further build on our impressive success in English over the past two years.”