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Headteacher: Jo Riley


My favourite book.

It’s really hard to pick because I loved so many books as a child, (and still do). If I had to pick just one it would be Peter Pan and Wendy by

J M Barrie. I longed to fly away to Neverland. I always wanted to be Peter, never Wendy.  My copy is nearly as old as me!


Deputy Head: Morna Scales

My favourite book:

A very hard decision as I have so many but my favourite book is The Runaway Sleigh Ride by Astrid Lindgren. It was first read to me in class by my Y2 teacher Mrs Kewney and I absolutely fell in love with the story of the mischievous girl who hitches a lift on the back of a sleigh and gets lost, the warm pictures of the family reunited at the end and the descriptions of the scenery. My mum bought it for me for Christmas that year as I went on about it so much and I still have it today.


Assistant Head and Yr 6 Surrey Quays Class Teacher:  Constancia Manzini

My favourite book when I was little was ‘Handa’s Surprise’ by Eileen Browne



Assistant Head for EYFS: Torie Closs

My favourite books as a child were the Shirley Hughes collections, and I liked ‘Alfie Gives a Hand’ best of all! I recently read the book to my daughter for the first time and all my childhood memories of the story and the illustrations came flooding back.


Assistant Head for Reading and Yr 5 Canada Water Class Teacher: Sally Roycroft

So many of my memories from childhood include being tucked up somewhere with a book, but one of my absolute favourites was Animalia by Graeme Base.  The illustrations are gorgeous and the language on each page is so wonderful.  My siblings and I spent hours pouring over the pages to find all the different things hidden in the pictures and imaging what it would be like to live the adventures shown.


SENCO:  Nicola Prior


The first book I can remember wanting to read again and again as a child was ‘Penguin’s Progress’ by Jill Tomlinson. Otto is a penguin chick but he knows he is different from the rest of the penguins in Antarctica. My passion for inclusion and celebrating difference was clearly there from a very young age!


Writing Lead and Yr5 Canada Water Class Teacher: Liz Vogel

I loved reading many books as a child but one of my favourites to re-read and scare myself with was Roald Dahl’s The Witches. I loved the relationship between the boy and his grandmother (an unusual heroine) and the creepiness and power of the witches. Whenever I spotted a woman wearing gloves out and about, I would always wonder if she could be a witch.