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Award winning author Manjeet Mann visits West Exe School ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

West Exe School, part of the Ted Wragg Trust, has welcomed a visit from author Manjeet Mann this Thursday the 9th of November.   As well as being an author, Manjeet is also an actress, playwright and screenwriter.  

Her debut novel RUN, REBEL for young adults was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal in 2021 and won the CILIP Carnegie Shadowers Choice Award, The UKLA Award, Diverse Book Award and Sheffield Children's Book Award. It was also a Guardian best book of 2020. Manjeet’s second novel The Crossing, won the Costa Book Award for a Children’s Book in 2021 and was also named the Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week.  She also founded Run The World, a not for profit organisation that uses sport and theatre as a means to empower women and girls. 

The English curriculum at West Exe is designed to ensure that students read a range of diverse and challenging texts that expose them to a multitude of different authors.  The school gets young people excited about reading by announcing upcoming books in their library on social media.  Earlier this year they also ran the Robin Stevens Reading Challenge.  

The school is also celebrating a record breaking Sparxs reader success by Year 7 student Jacob who hit 1200 reading points in one day, double what is usually achieved in a session!  Students earn Sparx Reader Points when they read a book using Sparx Reader. The number of points they earn reflects the amount of time and effort they spend reading.  

Julie Fossey, Headteacher at West Exe School said:

“I am delighted that Manjeet took the time to come and visit us.  It’s so important that students hear from a wide range of speakers and having such a successful author come and talk about her work was very inspiring for many of them.

“Developing a lifelong love of reading makes all other forms of learning earlier and at West Exe we will continue to put literacy at the heart of our curriculum.”

Moira Marder, CEO of the Ted Wragg Trust said:

“Everyone at the trust is grateful to Manjeet for coming to speak to West Exe students.  She has had such an interesting and varied career and it’s brilliant for young people to have heard from her first hand.”