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Y7 Student reads over 500,000 Words

Well done to Cait Mitchell our first Y7 student to read over half a million words within Accelerated Reader – can she be the first member of Burnside’s most exclusive Millionaire’s Club? There are other Y7 students hot on her heels so … keep reading Cait …

North East Teen Book Awards 2016

And the winner is … Y10 students have been reading and then judging the North East Teenage Book Awards and last night saw them attend the Awards Party where the winner was announced. When the golden envelope was opened the eventual winner, after a very very close call, was ‘A Little in Love’ by Susan […]

World Book Day Delights!

Year 7 and 8 thoroughly enjoyed their collapsed timetable as the joy of English was spread throughout the school! Equipped with their booklets they braved the mighty feat of Robinson Crusoe’s survival tactics; Robert Falcon Scott’s tragic ending; the delights of comic books and the mystery of Sherlock Holmes! The engaging and challenging tasks set, […]

Seven Stories @ Burnside for World Book Day

A visit by staff from Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books, proved a big hit with Y7 students as we kick off World Book Day Week. Laura and Bob led inspiring and engaging lessons where our students took a ‘Journey’ through a wordless book by Aaron Becker. They decided what was going to […]

New Author Hannah Jennings @ Burnside

Newly published author of ‘Secret Society’ Hannah Jennings came into school last week to work with a group of Y9 students in a creative writing workshop. Secret Society is her first book and we were her first school workshop! Our students made Hannah feel welcome and any trace of nerves on her part disappeared very […]


What can you say about this trilogy of books except that although the films were great this is definitely a case where the books are better! The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay deserve all the praise they have been given – an much much more! ‘In a future where every year twelve boys and […]

Burnside LRC – New Set of Jaqueline Wilson Books

A COMPLETE NEW SET OF JACQUELINE WILSON BOOKS at a Library very near you!! Come and read your favourite book now that the whole set have been replaced with nice shiny new copies. The old one literally fell to bits, a testament to their popularity! From Tracy Beaker to Hetty Feather, from Glubbslyme to The […]

New Reads @ Burnside Library

The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle The third out of the six North East Teenage Book Award shortlisted books I have read so far started out a bit slow and then really had me hooked. It tells about a family who experience ‘The Accident Season’ every year at the same time. But one year the […]

New Reads @ Burnside Library

Unspeakable by Abbie Rushton – another North East Teenage Book (NETBA) Awards shortlisted book, and another excellent read. Could you stay mute for over a year? Megan does! Read this to find out why she has not spoken in a very long time and what happens when she eventually finds her voice. This is a […]

New Reads @ Burnside Library

Matt Haig – Echo Boy – one of the North East Teenage Book Awards (NETBA) shortlisted books so we have 3 copies available for loan. If you like the TV series Humans, then you’ll love this book! Set in the future this looks at what really makes us human. Daniel is an Echo, a sophisticated, […]