The visit to Coombe Dean was very successful, with all 20 students engaged and keen throughout the course of the day. Each group really enjoyed thinking of creative ideas for their story and were able to present fantastic work. The visit was very beneficial, and certainly something we can develop further within classes/small groups in school.
I felt that you were very enthusiastic and thorough during the day and engaged well with the students. Giving the students a signed book of their choice was lovely and this is something they were really happy about - a brilliant way to end a brilliant day.
The whole school had a wonderful time during Leyland's visit. His workshops were well planned and provided an excellent inspirational starting point for the children's own work. We all really enjoyed his books and hope to publish our own work in the near future. Thank you very much and we would certainly recommend Leyland to other schools and hope to have another visit ourselves.
Thank you for visiting the school. The children were very excited to speak to and see a real life author and are inspired to start writing their own stories. They love The Great Reef Race and were still laughing when they looked at their books this afternoon. If you need some testers for any of your new books I am sure our children would be happy to help!
- Deputy Headteacher, Ernesettle Community School
"I thought the resources you used and activities that you had for the children were really good quality. I particularly liked the activity cards for making up a story.
"It was an absolute delight to have Leyland Perree visit our school to speak to Year 1 and Year 2 pupils today. It was a brilliant experience for the children to meet an author in person and they asked him lots of great questions about his books 'The Great Reef Race' and 'Which Witch is Which'. Leyland also read one of his stories to the children which they all thoroughly enjoyed! Leyland's talk was very animated and he made the children laugh lots which is always fantastic to see! I will happily recommend [Leyland] to other schools.
"It was brilliant to have Leyland visiting our school and talking to the pupils about his experiences of being a children's author. Leyland spoke about the process of writing a book in a very accessible way so that children could understand. The children were laughing a lot throughout the talk as Leyland told funny jokes. He also read one of his books and encouraged children to ask any questions at the end."
"Leyland turned up at school early and was well prepared. He carried out workshops with children from reception age all the way up to year 6. His activities were well planned and suitable to the age group. The children had a fantastic time and are still talking about it two weeks later!
"Leyland Perree visited Lady Modifords C of E Primary School during an evening
"It was great for the young people to meet an author and hear how you go about writing. The youngsters got a lot from the session, they were lively and animated and asked questions. It was of real benefit to have the presentation. We were really impressed that you felt able to join in with the session and were flexible enough to "go with the flow" A great visit - looking forward to the next one."
"One thing the children/ staff mentioned about your visit was that they loved it when you read your stories/ poems to them! You can never read too many stories to children!
"The authors were both great. The children were very excited to meet them and they were a real wow factor for our Book Week. Leyland and David (Satchell) both carried out well prepared talks which were thoroughly enjoyed by all. Leyland's 'Butt glue' reference went down a storm and the children still giggle about it now.