Harry Potter and the lesson of celebration at St Anne’s Lydgate

A SADDLEWORTH Primary school has conjured up a new world record with a little help from Harry Potter and the Independent.

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Pupils working hard on the challenge

St Anne’s Church of England School, Lydgate joined pupils from all over the country for a record breaking attempt on the world’s largest reading lesson.

Nearly 100 students, from three classes, took part from St Anne’s in the half hour lesson with the Independent acting as an official witness to the attempt. A total of 75 schools nationwide were involved.

Now, after an anxious wait, teacher Claire Calverley-Smith, who organised the mass morning read at the Cedar Lane school, has confirmed a new Guinness world record.

“The final numbers have still to be added up,” said happy Claire. “But the numbers have gone past 4,000 and that’s enough to break the record.”

The previous best of 3,509 was achieved by Eastbourne Area Secondary Schools across eight venues in July 2014.

The recent National Book Day event saw children across the UK go for the record by reading the opening chapter of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as a video played with author JK Rowling reading her seventh and final Potter book.

At the end of the chapter pupils were encouraged to write down words to describe the boy wizard.

The school is now in line for an official Guinness World Record certificate to mark the triumph.


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