On Wednesday we were fortunate to host a TV crew from the BBC who came to film a piece about our carbon-neutral new build. They spoke to one of our Sixth Form students and even interviewed one of our colleagues from Essex County Council up on the roof, amongst the solar panels!
The piece will be shown on BBC1 between 6.30pm – 7pm on Look East on Friday 5th November, and again at 10am on 7th November on the Sunday Politics regional show.
Just before half term, Book Club members and some Year 7 English classes were able to take part in a Virtual Author Event organised by Reading Zone.
Authors Alex Bell (Frozen Charlotte, Charlotte Says) and Bryony Pearce (Savage Island, Cruel Castle, Raising Hell) shared with us their writing journeys and what it is that makes horror stories so popular.
Bryony Pearce’s Top 3 tips for horror/suspense writing:
1) Characters – we need to care & they need to have something to lose.
2) Use gore – lead up to it; don’t be gratuitous
3) Use jump scares – don’t let the readers get comfortable!
Pupils were inspired to both read and write lots of spooky horror stories!
Alex Bell’s Top 3 tips for horror/suspense writing:
1) A mystery to be solved or question to be answered
2) Characters we care about
3) The setting – spend time focusing on this.