Duchess of Cornwall’s gift inspires pupils at Corby’s Rockingham Primary School

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Pupils at Corby’s Rockingham Primary School, part of the David Ross Education Trust, are enjoying a set of brand-new children’s books and specially designed bookshelves to mark the Duchess of Cornwall’s 70th birthday.

The primary school was presented with 70 books by six literacy-focused organisations involved with the Duchess’s Bookshelves project.

The titles were chosen by pupils across the country after nominating their favourite books they would like give as a gift. The books donated by publishers range from classics such as A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond and Matilda by Roald Dahl, to newer titles including Gangsta Granny by David Walliams and Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney.

Rockingham Primary School is one of 70 primary schools across the country that has been gifted the books following their commitment to promoting reading for enjoyment.

Pupils and staff at the primary school have worked with children literacy charity, Beanstalk, for over 10 years. This partnership has allowed volunteers to visit the school twice a week to support children with their reading.

Tracey Hudson, Headteacher at Rockingham Primary School, said: “We are thrilled to receive this incredible gift.

“The children are thoroughly enjoying reading the brand new set of books and have now become more aware of different genres.

“This kind donation helps us to further celebrate our culture of reading within the school.”


As part of the David Ross Education Trust, Rockingham Primary School is committed to providing every pupil with a world-class education. An education that creates academically gifted, confident, well-rounded young people in the classroom, in the workplace and in their communities.

Experiences like this allows pupils to become intellectually curious, interested in the broader community and world in which they live, and encourage them to absorb and embrace knowledge at every opportunity