Author’s guest appearance at school awards

Author Jackie Buxton (centre) with pupils from Sir William Robertson Academy in Welbourn at the school's awards ceremony.
Author Jackie Buxton (centre) with pupils from Sir William Robertson Academy in Welbourn at the school's awards ceremony.

Pupils at a school in Welbourn have celebrated their achievements with a special talk from a successful author

Jackie Buxton was guest of honor at Sir William Robertson Academy’s school awards ceremony, celebrating the success achieved by individual pupils in last year’s years nine and 10.

Jackie’s book Tea and Chemo: ‘Fighting cancer, living life’ was launched recently. Her fictional novel, Glass Houses will be published in 2016 and her second novel, Misguidance, is in progress. Both have been winners or runners-up in The Oxford Editors annual and the Writers’ Billboard monthly first chapter competitions. Jackie is a teacher of creative writing in adult education and an official judge on BBC Radio Two’s 500 Words competition.

“It was a really good day,” she said. “The pupils were all lovely and really enthusiastic.”

Jackie helped present pupils with their subject awards of gift vouchers recognising their progress and achievement through the year before going on to present a number of trophies for outstanding achievement.

Jackie addressed the audience of almost 200 people taking them through her journey of never giving up on her dream of becoming a published author.

Head teacher Mark Guest, said: “It was a privilege to welcome Jackie to the school. Her address to students and their families was captivating and most inspiring, charting her journey on becoming a published author.

“It was a memorable occasion celebrating the hard work and achievement of our upper school students over the last academic year.”