Michael Morpurgo opens new school with a story

Laura White
Laura White

The famous author Michael Morpurgo opened the new Chagford Primary School last week and it was blessed by the Rt Reverend Robert Atwell, the Bishop of Exeter.

Headteacher Liz Wiseman welcomed all the guests to the school; for many it was the first time to have a good look round. Michael Morpurgo, the author of books such as Warhorse and Private Peaceful, was the guest of honour but before cutting the ribbon to officially open the state-of-the-art school, he sat down and after a few jokes read a story to the children sitting on the floor.

It was about a very young Michael Morpurgo who lived and went to school near the Warwick Road in London, and here he landed the lead part in his school play as Owl in the ‘Owl and the Pussycat’ by Edward Lear. Aged six Michael had fallen in love with a girl who played the pussycat.

The whole story entranced the children, teachers and parents alike. Liz, the headteacher, said: “This has been an exciting and challenging few years. Teaching and learning have been propelled into the 21st century and as a teaching team, we are now able to deliver the broadest curriculum to the highest standard, within a truly inspiring learning environment.”

The construction phase of the school has now been completed, the demolition of the old school building is being undertaken.

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