Children’s author Mitch Johnson pays a visit to Northampton’s Briar Hill Primary School

Pupils at Northampton’s Briar Hill Primary School, part of the David Ross Education Trust, were delighted to welcome an innovative children’s author to the academy. 

Mitch Johnson, who released his debut novel Kick in September, delivered an inspirational workshop to pupils in Years 5 and 6 to help them develop their writing skills.

The author, who also has a first-class degree in English Language and Creative Writing, then delivered an assembly for all pupils at the school, where he spoke to pupils about how his determination, focus and self-belief helped him to write his first book.

During his visit, Mitch introduced the pupils to his inspiration behind the story of Kick, which is about dreaming big, about hope and heroes and never letting anything stand in your way.

Janey Cooksley, Headteacher at Briar Hill Primary School, said: “We were incredibly pleased to welcome Mitch to the school, where he gave a truly inspiring and engaging session that has encouraged pupils to harness their own creativity.

“Reading is such an important part of life at Briar Hill, nurturing a love of literature and a passion for language is at the heart of this.”


As part of the David Ross Education Trust, Briar Hill Primary School is committed to providing every pupil with a world-class education. An education that creates academically gifted, confident, well-rounded young people in the classroom, in the workplace and in their communities.

Through the Trust’s pioneering enrichment programme, pupils have access to a wide range of fantastic learning experiences encouraging them to explore new things, develop their passions and discover their talents. Visits like this inspires pupils to aim high and strive for success in all that they do.

Briar Hill Primary School currently has Reception places available for September 2018. If you would like to find out more about life at Briar Hill, please contact 01604 768 392 or email book a tour.