Students receive author’s lessons in self-defence techniques – and how to write a successful novel

STUDENTS OF STEALTH Chris Bradford with a Beacon Academy class

Award-winning writer and black belt martial artist visits Beacon Academy…


Beacon Academy students in Years 7 and 8 enjoyed an exciting day of all-kicking, all-punching readings, demonstrations and book signings with award-winning author and black belt martial artist, Chris Bradford earlier this month.

The events focused on the author’s popular Young Samurai and Bodyguard series. Year 8 discovered what it takes to become a bodyguard and learnt their secret defence techniques, while Year 7 tested their ninja skills and witnessed an authentic samurai sword display.

All students were commended for making their MARK throughout the event. This is the school’s commitment to students demonstrating Manners, Acceptance, Respect and Kindness throughout their school life. These are the values that underpin the MARK Education Trust’s ethos and are central themes to many of Chris Bradford’s novels.

Head of Key Stage 3 English, Ms Anna Phillips told the Times: “The participation from students was fantastic, with everyone contributing brilliant questions and volunteering to take part.

“Books and posters were personalised and signed, and competition winners were invited to an informal ‘meet and greet’ lunch where Chris gave insight into his writing process and revealed part of a new Bodyguard plot that he will be working on soon!

“Chris’s visit to Beacon Academy was a wonderful experience for all of our students, and it really conveyed the joy and excitement of reading a good book. We would like to thank Chris Bradford for everything that he did to make the day such a success.”

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