Canine’s visit proves a mission possible for Rattlesden Primary School

Evie Holman (5), author Andrew Cope, dog Star and Thomas Horrex (6)
Evie Holman (5), author Andrew Cope, dog Star and Thomas Horrex (6)
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It was a canine themed mission possible for pupils at Rattlesden Primary School when they welcomed the author of the acclaimed ‘Spy Dog’ series.

Writer Andrew Cope took up the assignment with his dog Star, who appears in the detective-themed children’s books, to work on some creative writing with youngsters in Years 3 to 5.

The author is also the architect of the Art of Brilliance programme, which focuses on positivity and dealing with challenges.

He looked at positive thinking work with Year 5 pupils, staff and representatives from the East of England Ambulance Trust, who were invited as a staff member’s husband is a paramedic.

Head Bridget Burke said: “We try to do something each year which is a bit different, inspirational and something children will look back on and remember.”

n County Upper School, in Bury, has been re-awarded International School Status to run for three years in recognition of the breadth and depth of its languages teaching and international experiences of pupils across all subjects.

Through the Bury St Edmunds Academy Trust arrangements German and Spanish are now on the weekly timetable at Horringer Court and Westley Middle Schools.

County Upper has also been designated a lead centre in the Government’s new Computing at School Network of Excellence, which aims to introduce computer science into all schools.

n Three students at King Edward VI, in Bury, have secured places at Oxford University.

The school has had 15 students attend Oxford and Cambridge in the last three years.

n Rugbytots Suffolk will hold its first after-school club every Monday at the Cherry Trees Prep and Montessori School, in Risby.

The club is open to Year 1 and 2 pupils at Cherry Trees and Risby Primary.