So close to finishing our story!

….excitement flows through the building as the classes now one by one are completing and editing their chapters!  The children are asking so many questions about the other chapters…it’s sooo hard to keep it all a secret!

The process of creating artwork for the illustrations, and for the Art Exhibition next June, has begun, as evidenced by glue, paint, collage, ink, pastels, charcoal… name it, is spread all around the school!

This is such an exciting time for us all as we get it all ready to send to the publishers!  Well done everyone!

A Victorian Tea party in Teal!

Teal class have been learning all about the history of our school and how it was set up in the Victorian era (on the current site).  They learned about how the village had a tea party to celebrate its opening.  So Teal class, liking parties, decided to re-enact this and held a Victorian tea party all of their own.

Teal Class' Victorian Day
Teal Class’ Victorian Day


They then celebrated by having their class photograph taken, dressed as Victorian children with the Headmaster’s House in the background, just as the old Victorian class photographs were taken.


Teal Class
Teal Class

Village group raise money for our project

The lovely Coralie at Stafford Cottage, and her friends, have got together and raised some money for our book project, by having a second-hand book sale in the Undercroft at the Market House.

And if that is not enough, she tells me that they are going to be holding another one, on 15th October.  I have no more details yet, but feel free to call in at Stafford Cottage, or see posters around the village.

All money raised is most welcome, and will be put to very good use for the illustrating and writing of the project.

The BBC hear about our project….

…and here’s the film report which BBC Points West made when they visited the school in July of this year.  They filmed a group of pupils in the library with John Dougherty, talking about our book project and reading in general.  It was a great morning and the pupils certainly did Minchinhampton Academy proud!

Click here to view the news report


Welcome to our exciting new Book Project!

Q:  What does a vampire, a pig, a motorbike, four children and some time portals have in common?

A: They are the key ingredients to an exciting book project which all of our pupils are writing collaboratively, alongside our Patron of Reading and reknowned children’s Author, John Dougherty.

This project aims to give our pupils the chance to be both authors and illustrators of a published book.  The project is kindly being funded & supported by many people, including fantastic financial support from the Corinium Fine Arts Society and their head office, NADFAS.

The book will go to print next Spring and be launched on June 10th 2017 in the Market House.  This will coincide with an Art Exhibition of the pupils’ illustrations for the book, alongside work from artists in the local community, which will be displayed in local shops and businesses. (More details to follow!)

Watch this space for updates and news on the project!