This week we launched the Loxford School First Story Group’s anthology, ‘Imagine’. This year, the pupils in the group have been writing poems, short stories, extracts and songs with our writer-in-residence, Laura Dockrill. We have put them together to create ‘Imagine’, a wonderful book, illustrated by Tahmina Shamim and written by the First Story group: Kamal Byron-Bolessa, Tahmina Shamim, Wasim Iqbal, Poonam Gosai, Kico Bela, Faye Oliver, Ibtisam Ahmed, Mohamed Mardardi, Raheel Iqbal, Hanaa Baboorally, Pradeep Kaur and Amrik Manku.
Faye Oliver, one of the group, writes:
First Story has been the most amazing opportunity ever. When I first heard about it, I was a bit sceptical; it all sounded too good to be true. But I was wrong. The workshops proceeded to happen on Wednesdays with the wonderful Laura Dockrill, and if you were to stand outside, all you would be able to hear was laughter, the sound of eating and the magical words people have written. First Story gives young people the chance to express themselves creatively and it really helped me with my confidence, to be able to say “Yes, I do write.”
The book launch was the most surreal event ever. The preparation for it was huge, from getting the invitations out, to listing the readers, but it was all worth it. Standing up on the stage, with the lights soft and dim, reading out an extract of my work, it brought back all the memories of the workshops. The readings were a great success but my favourite part of the night had to be the book signing. People came in streams, one after the other, holding their books out for our signatures, it was amazing. I felt dazed; I knew I would remember this night forever.
Written by Faye Oliver, 10S
First Story provides pupils with the opportunity to work with an author to enhance writing skills and their love for writing. This year, our writer- in-residence, Laura Dockrill, is holding weekly writing workshops with pupils from Year 9-12. Pupils write, read, eat, share their ideas and have fun in the hourly sessions each week. At the end of the year, their best work will be chosen to create a published anthology, which will be launched at the Book Launch in June.
Laura Dockrill is a poet and illustrator from South London. A graduate of The Brit School of Performing Arts, twenty-two year old Laura has published three books (Ugly Shy Girl, Echoes and Mistakes in the Background) and created artwork for Kate Nash! Laura also resurrects her words on the stage performing poetry spanning festivals to bookshops. She has performed her work on Woman’s Hour, The Verb, Newsnight, BBC Breakfast and each of the BBC’s respective radio channels 1-6. She is currently plotting her next book, judging the John Betjeman poetry prize, creating a series of bespoke artwork pieces and writing a piece of work for a new BBC radio show, and, most importantly, running weekly writing workshops with pupils at Loxford.
In 2012 the English GCSE examination results were excellent once again:
English Language: 72% (A* - C)
English Literature: 82% (A* - C)
Congratulations to all students and staff for their hard work! We look forward to even greater success this year!
Key Stage 3 Students’ work published!
Loxford continued its work with the young writers foundation and had a record number of students’ work accepted for publishing in the “Mini Sagas” competition run last year. In the last two years over 100 students from key stage 3 have now become published writers! Congratulations to everyone for this amazing success!
The A-level results have shown significant year on year improvement:
Year 12: 62% A-C
Year 13: 52% A*-C