Local author inspires pupils at Daventry’s Abbey CE Academy

Pupils at Daventry's Abbey CE Academy, part of the David Ross Education Trust, recently welcomed a local children's author to the academy. 

Rebecca Wigston, who released her debut novel Tommy Wallis, The Knight of the Hollowsin January, discussed the inspiration behind her book during an assembly for the junior school pupils.

The local author, who is also a primary school teacher, explained that she never thought she could become an author as she struggled with reading and writing whilst at school. However, after finding out she was dyslexic, Rebecca worked hard to overcome her difficulties and reach her dream of seeing her work published.

During her visit to Abbey CE Academy, Rebecca read the first chapter of Tommy Wallis, The Knight of the Hollows to pupils. She then answered a number of questions about what it is like to become an author. She discussed the process of writing her new book and encouraged pupils to let their imaginations wander.

Rebecca Wigston said: “It was a pleasure to meet the pupils at Abbey CE Academy, we had a wonderful morning talking about writing and they asked lots of great questions!”

Maia Rogers, a Year 6 pupil at Abbey CE Academy, said: “I love the fact that Ms Wigston is a teacher, as well as a writer.

“She told us that she uses her real-life experiences as an inspiration for her writing – it is so creative!”

Jane Wade, Associate Principal at Abbey CE Academy, was thrilled to see the positive effect the visit had on pupils. She said: “It is always important for our pupils to see where their learning could take them.

“We have pupils who aspire to be writers themselves, and Rebecca’s visit has shown them that they can achieve their aspirations through a combination of hard work and determination.”


As part of the David Ross Education Trust, reading is central to pupils’ learning at Abbey CE Academy. Young people are actively encouraged to explore their imagination and creativity by celebrating their love of literature and reading.

The junior school has recently opened a newly refurbished library, where pupils have access to a wide range of classic literature, both old and new. Following Rebecca’s visit to the school, pupils can now borrow a copy of Tommy Wallis, The Knight of the Hollows, to enjoy at home. 

If you would like to find out more about life at Abbey CE Academy, please contact 01327 702 433 or email acolson@abbeyceacademy.co.uk.