WITCHES, wizards and mythical creatures roamed round Rudheath Senior Academy as children brought their favourite characters to life.

Pupils and staff had a magical time as celebrating the importance of reading on World Book Day.

Money raised will be shared between Book Aid International and school improvements.

English teacher Jess Heaton said: “There were some weird and wonderful outfits and everyone had a great deal of fun!

“We are passionate about reading and encourage students to read daily at school and at home,so it was great to see that they’d really thought about the characters and how to bring them to life.”

Students also took part in a booky-bake off and a book bar.

Games aimed at igniting a curiosity of new genres and reading were also on offer and students were given an insight into their teachers’ favourite childhood reads, including classics from Enid Blyton an J.R.R. Tolkien.

Miss Heaton added: “The day was about inspiring conversation about books and to share enthusiasm for literature and all the weird and wonderful forms it comes in.”

Rudheath Senior Academy, rated good by Ofsted, became part of North West Academies Trust (NWAT) in November.

Steve Docking, chief executive officer of NWAT, said: “We want the best possible education for children at Rudheath,and this is at the heart of everything we do.

“Our plans are ambitious but we have the drive and determination to ensure our vision is realised.”