Patron of Reading News



POR_horizontal_lockup_800x300_blackTime to say Goodbye

I'm sad to say that my three years of being Patron of Reading at this school is now coming to an end. It's been a pleasure to work so closely with the school, to get to know some of you, to read your stories and poems, your book reviews, competitions entries, run writing workshops and talk about reading and writing. Thank you for your enthusiasm and for getting so involved in the competitions Mrs Bromyard and I have organised. We authors often visit many schools during the year but don't get the opportunity to actually get to know the school and some of the students, so I'm delighted to be given the chance of being Patron of Reading at Blessed Edward Oldcorne.

However, I'm moving abroad soon, so it's time to pass over the role to someone else. I'm delighted that Kevin Brooke will be the next Patron of Reading and know that he will bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the role. My heartfelt thanks to Mrs Bromyard for asking me to take on the role and for all her invaluable support during the last three years.

Wishing you all a happy and successful future.

Best wishes,





Mrs Bromyard asked me to post this message about two of her Student Librarians.

I have very mixed feelings when I say good bye to long serving Student Librarians, I will miss Carenza Kippax and Hannah Richardson as they move on to further education and I wish them well in their chosen paths.

Both Carenza and Hannah have been excellent Librarians, throughout their time at Blessed Edward Oldcorne, from Year 7 through to Year 11.  They have learnt many skills about running the Library along the way, and bringing their own ideas and talents too.  As Librarian Prefects in Year 11, they undertook the training of the new Librarians, with enthusiasm, patience and understanding, and as a result we have a wonderful team of Librarians from all year groups.  Carenza and Hannah have always been cheerful and encouraging to all users of the Library and in all their duties, with the latest one being re-cataloguing all the books for Renaissance Reading.   Thank you both for everything you have brought into the Library, including your dedication and your smiles.

We all wish both girls all the very best for their future, and know you will both achieve well in the future. 


Linda Bromyard, Librarian

Carenza and Hannah


Wishing you both lots of luck for the future!



Hello everyone, my how the year has flown. I can't believe it's May already! I've been busy writing and I know you've all been busy working and studying. Some of you have been reading like mad too. Mrs Bromyard told me that the following students are "Word Millionaires" as they have read over 1,000,000 words with the Renaissance Reading Scheme. Wow! Congratulations to you all. 

Ioan Normington Y8

Emily Hiden Y8

Harrison Wishart Y8

What an amazing achievement!











Happy New Year everyone! Christmas and New Year seems ages ago now, but I hope you all had a great time. I've been busy writing my third chick lit for Accent Press which has to be delivered the end of this month, almost there! The book is finished but I'm revising it now. A book isn't finished when you write 'The End'. Once you've got to the end of the story you have to start the editing process. You wouldn't believe how many revisions I do, and then when I send it off to my editor she always wants revisions too.  I hope you always check over your work like this too, you'll be amazed how many errors or typos you might find. And you might decide that something sounds better if you write it a different way too. I once deleted the whole first chapter of one of my books because I thought it sounded boring, and started on Chapter Two instead.

Monday I'm popping into the school library to award cerificates to the latest competition winners. They are:

Year 7 (Set 1 and 2) - Animal Project

Lizzie Miller and Ruby Collett
Lauren Ferris
Daisy Griffin
Year 7 (Set 3 and 4)
Amina Ishtiaq and Hassanah Ishfaq
Josh Jaison
Lucy Ellis
Amalie Martin
Year 8 19 Century Writers
Meg Bury and Isobel Gray
Harry Brimell and Demi Aceto
Emily Davis and Dixie Stone


Well done everyone. I was very impressed with the standard of work.



 Very proud of my students who took part in the Klq Kids Lit Quiz final, they came 9th out of 18. Very well done! Here's a photo of the group. And one of Mrs Bromyard with authors Meg Rosoff and Lucy Coates.

group    Meg Rooff, Linda, Lucy coates

And the official Press Report

Kids Lit Quiz – 2016

Following coming first place in the Regional Heat of the Kids Lit Quiz in Coventry, Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College Team One were invited to take part in the National Final in London on December 7th, competing with all the other regional winners.  The Quiz was opened by the Sheriff of  The City of London, Alderman Peter Estlin and author, Meg Rosoff  Many other authors attended the event to support the teams. Eighteen teams battled through five rounds of very challenging questions, which were answered on the buzzer.  Titles of the rounds included Name the Author and Book Starts.  At the end of the first round the team was in joint first place, and continued positively throughout the Quiz.  They finally finished in 9th place.  The whole event was an amazing experience, just to be competing in a Children Literacy Quiz, with other like-minded people; it will be something they will remember.  Team Two, who came 5th in the regional hears, also came to London to support along with teacher, Mr Phil Powell.  Mrs Bromyard, Librarian says that she is very proud of both teams.

Team One -  Ellie Cross, Max Stanley, Sam Bradburn, Cameron Taylor

Team Two  -  Emeila Ricketts, Kathryn Lamb, Daniel Espiritu, Oliver Lee



Two teams from Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College competed in the Kids Lit Quiz Regional Heat at the Butts Arena, Coventry.  

After battling through ten rounds of questions in categories such as Detectives, Comics, Birds and Felines, Team 2 came 5th with a total of 65 points, and Team one came first with a total of 81.5.
Both teams won best of round books, Daniel won £5.00 voucher for a spot question that the adults failed to answer, and Ellie won £2.00.
Team one, received a total of £80.00 as first prize and rugby tickets 
Team one have now been invited to compete in the National Final held on the 7th December at the Barbican Centre, London, competition with 18 other teams.  The winners of this will compete internationally in Toronto.
Linda Bromyard, College Librarian is thrilled with both teams, they have all done so well.  The KLQ allows readers the opportunity to share a love of reading and be rewarded for it.
Team 1
Ellie Cross
Cameron Taylor
Sam Bradburn
Max Stanley
Team 2 
Daniel Espiritu
Oliver Lee
Emilia Ricketts
Kathryn Lamb
Very well done everyone. We're all proud of you.
Here's some pictures of the team with Quizmaster Wayne Mills.
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I was delighted to pop into the school library on Friday 4th November to give certificates to the following pupils:

Ciaran Gould - Excellent Story Writing. (You can read the latest instalment of Ciaran's story here

 Emilia Rickets and Kathryn Lamb​ who have completed their Librarian training.

Book Review Awards

Alpha Sunny 

Anna Griffin

Jessie Jones

Well done, all of you!

Here's Jessie, Emilie and Kathyrn receiving their certificates.           

Jess           Emilia and Kathryn



The following students have been chosen to represent the school in the Kid's Lit Quiz on 15th November. Well done all of you, wishing you lots of luck!


Team One

Cameron Taylor  - Y8

Ellie Cross - Y8 

Sam Bradburn - Y8

Max Stanley -Y8


Team Two

Daniel Espirtu -Y8

Emilia Ricketts -Y7

Oliver Lee -Y8

Kathryn Lamb Y7



Marley Knight 

Emma Kippax








Welcome Back!

Another school year already! I hope you've all enjoyed the summer holidays and are looking forward to a new term.  A special welcome to the new Year 7s - I'm sure you'll enjoy your time at the school.

This is my final year of being your Patron of Reading and I'm looking forward to another great year with you all. We'll have some competitions later in the year, and do keep sending in your book reviews. You can read some of the competitions we've had in the past on the Competitions page and the latest reviews on the Brilliant Reads Page.

Feel free to send me your stories, poems or pictures to put up on the POR News page or to contact me if you have any questions about books, reading or writing.  


All the best,






I'm Patron of Reading for Blessed Edward Oldcorne College, Worcester for the next three years. I had my first meeting with Linda Bromyard, the school librarian last week and we discussed lots of exciting projects to work on.  I'll be posting updates and news on this page so keep checking back! Here's a photo of me with two of the pupils, Fahad Ali Khan in year 10, and Alice Braithwaite in year 8.


Karen and students


To find out more about the Patron of Reading scheme, click on this link.


And here's a photo of  Ximei Liu, with her prize of a graffiti art that she won on Girls Heart Books. Congratulations, Ximei. :)