On Tuesday 4th July 2017, best selling author and motivational speaker Andy Cope visited our School and spoke to students about the importance of literacy, growth-mindset and resilience. During his humorous and captivating talk, he challenged our young adults to create new habits whilst providing them with many innovative ideas to become a 100% positive thinker and ‘Just be yourself. Brilliantly’. Surprisingly this only equates to a minuscule top 2% of people.
Andy Cope’s visit to the school is timed alongside One in a Million’s Whole School immersive Creative Arts partnership with the Bradford Literacy Festival, which is being celebrated in venues across Bradford over a two week period. We are so thankful to Provident Financial Group, whose continued and valued support of the school is part of a wider programme called Leading Children In Literacy.
Cope has written books such as ‘The Art of Being Brilliant’ aimed at adults and also it’s sister volume, ‘The Art of Being a Brilliant Teenager’. He is also author of the highly successful children’s series of novels ‘Spy Dog’ and ‘Spy Pups’ (aimed at age seven plus). The series has sold almost a million copies worldwide and is now going to be made into a TV programme. Andy is currently doing a Doctorate at the University of Loughborough… investigating the science of happiness and positivity.
Meanwhile, last week all our Year 10 students had the privilege of attending the University to learn about how they could all have a future in Creative Arts, Publishing and Writing should they have the desire to follow their dreams.
This Friday, students from Year 7 and 8 will be attending the National Science and Media Museum, Bradford for a special viewing of ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ amazingly this will be followed by a question and answer session with internationally renowned author John Byrne who wrote the original text. Year 9 students will be having a day of learning about Performance Poetry and the power of the spoken word for a modern audience at Bradford University, being coached by a range of published poets.