Abbie Craske wins inaugural Pupil Library Assistant Award

Abbie Craske wins inaugural Pupil Library Assistant Award

Abbie Craske  in Year 11 has been named Pupil Library Assistant of the Year. Abbie was one of seven committed young pupil librarians shortlisted for the award, who assist in their school libraries. The new national award is made jointly by the CILIP School Library Group and the School Library Association.

The event was held at the BT Centre London and sponsored by Authors Aloud, CILIP, Hachette Children’s Group, Macmillan Children’s Books, Peters Books and Furniture, Puffin and the School Library Association.

Abbie was nominated by the school librarian, Mrs Walker, who said “Abbie has worked hard at raising the profile of the school library, including helping and supporting other students, organising events and bringing fresh ideas, plus supporting reading and literacy. Working with Abbie has been inspirational. She is kind, considerate and supportive to students and staff. I am delighted Abbie has won this award, it celebrates her achievement and support in our school library”.

Other finalists included students from as far afield as Antrim, Northern Ireland.

At the award ceremony each of the seven shortlisted students was assigned an author, to read a personal citation. Caroline Lawrence, author of, The Roman Mysteries Series read how Abbie was a keen reader who loved all genres particularly Historical Fiction she talked briefly about the work Abbie does in her school library.

Charlie Higson presented Abbie with her award; a magnificent glass book engraved with the Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award logo designed by Chris Riddell and takes away other prizes including a specially commissioned artwork, designed by multi-award winning Chris Riddell.

When asked “what does the library mean to you” Abbie said:

“In the beginning the school library was my escape from life, and now it is a privilege to give something back to the place I love”

Each of the finalists received a goodie bag from Macmillan’s Children’s Books and a huge pile of signed books to take home.

Presenting the award, author, writer and actor Charlie Higson paid tribute to the work of librarians calling them “irreplaceable”. Librarians share the love and magic of books and when pupils get involved in spreading that excitement, which is incredible; at a time when there are so many competing distractions for their time and attention”.

The idea of this award originally came about after a Mass Lobby for School Libraries was organised in 2009. It received a tremendous amount of support from pupils, people who used their school libraries on a daily basis and sought to tell MPs how much it meant to them. Barbara Band, immediate Past President of CILIP, whose idea inspired the award, said “The award highlights the reciprocal relationship between school libraries and pupils, with both sides benefitting and the impact a school library can have”

The award was planned between CILIP SLG (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) and the School Library Association. Sponsors of the event include: Authors Aloud UK, CILIP, Hachette Children’s Group, Macmillan Children’s Books, Peters Books and Furniture, Puffin and the SLA (School Library Association.

Five judges, included Barbara Band, Head of Library at the Emmbrook School, Wokingham, who is also the Immediate Past president of CILIP, Sue Bastone, Head of Learning resources at LVS, Ascot and a Chartered Librarian with over twenty years’ experience in a variety of school libraries, Annie Everall, Director of “Authors Out Loud UK” and Chair of the Literacy & Reading Section Committee of IFLA (International Federation of Library and Information Associations), Dawn Finch, Vice President of CILIP, a published author, writing fiction and non-fiction for children and Susan Staniforth, Manager of Gloucestershire School Library Service, Susan is also a library consultant and Treasurer of the School Library Association.

Students at Aylsham High School are encouraged to use the library for independent learning, reading for pleasure and study. Our aim is to create a warm, relaxed atmosphere where students can relax and socialise during break and lunchtimes as well as reading for pleasure and working. It is important that we recognise and celebrate our student’s achievements.   We are delighted Abbie’s contribution to the school library has been recognised with a national award.


Abbie, we are all tremendously proud of your success and would like to thank you for being such a wonderful ambassador for our school.

We would also like to say well done and thank you to Mrs Walker for her dedication to making the  Library such a warm and inspiring place for our students.

Mock Election 2015

Mock Election 2015

I am delighted to have been voted in as the Leader of the Labour Party for the whole-school Mock Election on7 May. I will be working on our campaign with Nick Sadler (Year 11) as my Deputy and Molly Bean (Year 8)as the Campaign Manager, alongside our Party Members. We are standing against the Conservative, UKIP and Liberal Democrat Parties.

In order to secure advice on running a campaign, I met with​ our local Labour Party Candidate Chris Jones, who came to offer me support and resources to run our campaign.

We are also excited to be working with Mr Keith Simpson MP next week, and Mr Nick Conrad from BBC Radio Norfolk, who is supporting us with our Hustings preparations.

Ben Waller  Year 9

Labour Party Leader

World Book Day Reading Spa

World Book Day Reading Spa

Students celebrated World book Day, Thursday 5th March, by taking part in a Reading Spa, organised by our brilliant Librarian, Carole Walker, supported by the English department, acting as book and reading consultants.

The event took place in the LRC Library, which was transformed into a Spa area. Sofas, cushions and bean bags were used to create a spa like atmosphere, soft music completed the scene.

Tea, coffee and cakes were served to those taking part as they were given the opportunity to choose from 5 treatments’ these included, a full Library Induction, talking about their reading preferences and book recommendations or How to improve their Reading Experience.

A great day was enjoyed by all who took part. 


Thank you and well done to Mrs Walker for  organising such  a brilliant day. 

Year 8 inspired on Geography Trip to Gressenhall

Year 8 inspired on Geography Trip to Gressenhall


Although we had known nothing about land use before we went to Gressenhall, we both came back knowing how so many people from the public owned very different views on any change happening around a place they know well. This made us think about how lucky we are to live in such a lovely place but also we learnt more about how in life you sometimes have to make changes even if you feel well out of your comfort zone.

We covered many different aspects of land use and put ourselves into other characters shoes. For example Mr Nash (the property developer) had two homes and wanted to build many houses amongst the countryside. We felt it must be hard for Jack (a homeseeker) as he was in need of a terraced house but he didn’t want to interrupt a farm that was sentimental to many of his friends, so consequently it was a matter of going against a place he loved.

Overall I think this trip was very inspiring as we now know the advantages and disadvantages of different opinions and it has made us feel okay to compromise in life a bit more and for the future.

Ellie Bray and Molly Bean (Year 8 students)

Norfolk Swimming Finals

Norfolk Swimming Finals

Well done to all of our students who took part in the Norfolk Swimming finals.  There were some tremendous achievement including:


Mollie Smith - 1st Butterfly

Tilly Meyrick - 2nd Backstroke

Harry Barwick - 2nd Backstroke

Tom Curtis - 3rd Backstroke

Mollie White -  2nd Breast stroke


Other team members- representing N Norfolk

Molly cooper

Victoria LLoyd

Harry Ling

Alice Lines

Dylan Davy

Chris Haslam

Malcolm Johnston

North Norfolk Athletics Success

North Norfolk Athletics Success

Year 8 boys and girls teams qualified in the North Norfolk competition at Stalham, beating students from Stalham, Alderman Peel, Cromer and North Walsham.  They then represented North Norfolk at the County competition, competing very strongly in many of the events.  A dramatic end to the competition was the stunning 4 x 2 lap relay for the year 8 boys as we were level with Wymondham College for each changeover, winning the race on the line.

Well done to students who took part in the Norfolk Skiing event.

Well done to students who took part in the Norfolk Skiing event.


We are very pleased to announce that Emily Tuffin came 1st in the KS3 event and that

Isabelle Hawes came 3rd.

The North Norfolk Team were placed 3rd overall.

Well done also to the other students who competed: Rachel ling, Charlotte Tuffin, Ellie Folkard and Sam Watkins.



The Eagles trip to Colchester Zoo 2015

The Eagles trip to Colchester Zoo 2015


On Friday 27th February the Year 7 Eagles went to Colchester Zoo to help us with our understanding of rainforest animals.  It was an amazing experience for us all and some of us have even gone back since. The reason Mr. Sweatman took us was because we have been learning about rainforests and have recently done a huge classroom display. We saw nearly every animal and it was really worth the money. We also went into a theatre to learn from a zoo keeper about rainforests. We touched a real snake skin and a leopard’s skin that had been made in to an illegal coat. During the day we got to feed a giraffe and an elephant. The elephant felt like a hoover when it ate the cabbage out of my hand and the giraffe’s tongue was long, blue and slimy! It was a 2 hour journey to get to the zoo but it was well worth the journey. It was so much fun. We brought our own lunch and ate it next to the Orang-utan enclosure. My favourite part of the day was the feeding the giraffes because they are one of my favourite animals.  

Jessica Roberts - Year 7 - Eagles


Alex Tomkinson shines in Norfolk U12 Badminton Tournament

Alex Tomkinson shines in Norfolk U12 Badminton Tournament

Well done Alex Tomkinson  who took part in the Norfolk Annual U12's Schools Badminton Tournament with his partner Ollie Whalen  from CNS.

Although Alex and Ollie have only been playing badminton since September, and never doubles together, they played some fabulous games, with only a couple of points deciding the final score.
They reached a creditable 6th place against many county players.

Well done boys!

Student Council handing over cheque to The Benjamin Foundation

Student Council handing over cheque to The Benjamin Foundation


Thank you to Chris Elliott (Marketing & Fundraising Manager) from The Benjamin Foundation for collecting the money raised from the Chilli Eating Competition. The student Council raised over £1000   from this mufti day. The money was then split between the two Local charities The Wherry Trust and The Benjamin Foundation.

We are all looking forward to working with Chris and The Benjamin Foundation again in the near future

Tanya Wiseman