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ARCHIVE - A visit to Etwall Primary School, Derbyshire

“I just want to say a big thanks for visiting Etwall School last week. I'm currently reading with my daughter and she hasn't stopped talking about the day and the chapter that was read. She's 8 and can relate to baking fairy cakes with her grandparents. Very inspired and confident 8 year old thoroughly enjoying her reading this week”


What a wonderful experience, spending the whole day with the children at Etwall Primary School in Derbyshire on 20th September 2021.

Lord Ted was, as usual, a big hit with all the children who were all very polite and respectful - a credit to their parents and teachers

I am extremely proud that the book has encouraged work across all age groups. After reading to each year group in the main hall, I then spent time in every class with work from ‘descriptive words and sentences’, ‘character descriptions’ and ‘letter writing’, giving out awards of badges and bookmarks for great effort. I sat with the children as they worked through the set tasks. The standard of handwriting and use of vocabulary was outstanding across all classes. Needless to say, I was blown away with the love of the book and the teacher’s efforts to bring different elements to life. I have a newfound admiration for the work our teachers do today – I was exhausted!

Some of the children want to be writers, and some have already written a book! I was lucky enough to get to read some of their work – I need to up my game.

A massive thank you to Miss. Dawson and all the teachers, all the children for the warm welcome, the school dinner and all the effort that went into making this such an inspiring day for me.

I will return to the school later this school year to see progress and meet my new friends.







“So glad to hear you visited Etwall Primary School today. My son was one of the children listening and he talked about it all the way home and told me all about Poppy and Lord Ted! He loved it! Thankyou!”

"I just want to say a huge thank you for the signed copy of your book which you gave to my daughter Lucy at Etwall Primary.

She was so inspired by your visit and she was absolutely thrilled to receive the book and letter. Thank you for taking the time to write to her. It really meant a lot."










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