Here at Hodgson Academy in Poulton-le-Fylde, 1000 students took part in the official Guinness World Record attempt of the biggest reading lesson on Friday, 24th June! We were really excited as there were only 75 schools in the UK selected for this record attempt!
The book that was read for this new Guinness World Record was the first chapter of ‘Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows,’ by J.K. Rowling. Heads of House, their teams of staff and some students took it in turns to read from chapter 1. Students were in their Houses of Pegasus, Griffin, Phoenix and Dragon when the event took place; members of the governing body acted as witnesses and there were ‘shout outs’ about this event on Radio Wave as well as BBC Radio Lancashire.
The academy even received messages of support from local MPs Ben Wallace and Paul Maynard.
The event finished at 09.30 and G.W.R. are hoping to smash the record of just over 3,000 people created last year. This whole event has been coordinated by the leader of Reading School at Hodgson Academy, Bea Tingey (Lead Practitioner: Teaching and Learning) who was delighted to be leading the event with the largest cohort of people out of the 75 schools chosen to support the record. ‘This is an absolute dream come true,’ she said. ‘We all secretly want to be record breakers – no matter how old we are! What an excellent opportunity for our students who have been extremely excited about taking part in such an iconic national event!’
Mrs Tingey is excitedly waiting for the postman to deliver Hodgson’s very own Guinness World Record certificate.