Gallery: Book-mad students take up an extreme reading challenge

Extreme reading

Extreme reading - Credit: Contributed

Parents and teachers are always looking for new ways to encourage children to read more outside of the classroom.

Extreme reading

Extreme reading - Credit: Contributed

And one Suffolk school has managed that by setting an intriguing challenge – the Extreme Reading Competition.

Frances Golding, head of learning support at Orwell Park, near Ipswich, was talking to pupils about what a wonderful hobby reading is and said: “You can do it any place, anywhere, anytime.” As a result, over the summer holidays, photos flooded in of students reading in a variety of unusual locations.

They range from reading on the beach in France, with a Roman statue and on top of a cannon to reading underwater, while water skiing and even while abseiling down the side of a mountain.

Ms Golding said: “We certainly have proof that children have read their books in some pretty extreme and extraordinary places this summer.”