Patron of Reading

What is a Patron of Reading?

Joe Cotterill Burford SchoolA Patron of Reading is a school’s special, designated children’s author with whom the school forms a personal attachment. The author might be a writer of fiction, a writer of non-fiction, a poet, a storyteller, a graphic novelist or an illustrator. They will work with the school for a period of approximately three years to raise the profile of reading for pleasure with pupils, parents and staff.

Our Patron of reading is the best-selling children’s author, Jo Cotterill.  She joined the school as Patron in the summer of 2014 and will remain with us for a period of three years.  Jo is an ideal person to be our Patron as she has made a number of visits to the school over the last few years, to give talks and workshops, and has always been hugely popular with the students.

What does our patron do?

  • Visits the school regularly.
  • Writes a regular piece for the School Newsletter.
  • Writes a blog;  about books she is reading, her own and other’s work, book awards, etc.
  • Supports the Summer Reading Challenge run between the School and Burford Library.
  • Donates copies of her new books to the school library.
  • Shares ideas regarding reading, books and libraries.
  • Judges the writing competitions run throughout the school.
  • Speaks at and presents workshops during Reading Week.
  • Attends key English Forums for parents.


Joe Cotterill Burford School2Jo has helped to inspire children to become more imaginative and creative in their writing and to feel passionate about reading.  Her latest book, ‘Looking at the Stars’ has been listed for the prestigious national children’s book award – The Carnegie Medal.  She recently joined us for the prize-giving of the Burford Short Story Competition, which she helped to judge, and was also with us for the official launch of Accelerated Reader at a Forum for all Year 7 parents.

We are looking forward to working with Jo on a number of forthcoming projects, including World Book Day events during Reading Week.






Hear what Jo has to say about books and the importance of imagination

Back to the Top