A world-famous author has inspired schoolchildren to put pen to paper.

Pupils at Ely St Mary’s Junior School took part in a video call with author and TV producer Anthony Horowitz.

As part of the school’s World Book Day celebrations, Year 5 teacher Tom Greenwood arranged for the school to have a Zoom call where he talked about how he became an author and the process of adapting his stories for television.

Pupils at Ely St Mary's Junior School took part in a Zoom call with author Anthony Horowitz

Rebecca Gilpin-Davies, the school’s English Lead, said: “As well as sharing some of his favourite extracts from the Alex Rider series, Anthony read a number of stories written by our pupils.

“He was full of praise for their imagination and writing talent.”

In the run up to World Book Day last week, pupils of the school were set a variety of reading challenges. These included illustrating their own book and reading to younger siblings, even pets.

Mrs Gilpin-Davies added: “The children tackled the challenges with enthusiasm, and it was lovely to share in their excitement and love of reading.

Interim headteacher Rachel Clarke said: “More than 20 pupils also reached the milestone of becoming a ‘Word Millionaire’ and their achievements were recognised with the gift of a book token for the local bookshop, Toppings.”