Teachers and Librarians

In 2018 The Siobhan Dowd Trust is repeating the opportunity for schools to go to a local bookshop (preferably a small Independent bookseller with a good stock of children’s and YA books) and select books.

This year instead of organising by region, we will be giving away £2000 monthly.

Here are some guidelines:

The selection is to be made by a small number of pupils aided by Librarians and Booksellers. Part of the aim of this project is to encourage the art of browsing and for young people to feel ownership about the books chosen for the school. We are assuming the books will be part of the library, but are happy to consider applications for home/ individual ownership – please say if this is the case.

Where possible, we would like the pupils to be PP or need encouragement/recognition in some way.

It would be great if you could publicise the visit in the local press and on social media (we prefer Twitter to Facebook).

This year instead of organising by region, we will organise it monthly. If successful, you will be notified by email and all the winners will be listed on Twitter and on the Trust website.

We plan to announce the winners of each month from the 1st of March on (e.g. January winners = 1st March announcement; February = 1st April… December = 1st Feb 2017 this is to give the Judges time to allocate the grants.)

Because of the high numbers applying, we’re sorry, we may not be able to notify unsuccessful applicants.

The Judges reserve the right to go back to previous entries from past months (so if you don’t win in the original month you applied, there’s a chance you could be successful later in the year).

The competition is open to any group which works with disadvantaged young people, not just schools. Last year a scout group was one of our winners – we’d like to hear from more non-school groups, but you do need to demonstrate disadvantage in your application.

How to apply:
Please send a short email to our director Kate Powling (director@siobhandowdtrust.com) explaining what you do to encourage a love of reading – small anecdotes about particular young readers can work well.
We also need your school’s FSM and PP figure as a percentage. (A low number isn’t necessarily a bad thing as we know those schools have less funding). Without this information, your application will be delayed.
We don’t need: lots of educational information about progress – we know that’s important, but we’re more about the love of reading.
For more information, please see http://siobhandowdtrust.com/teachers-and-librarians/ or Twitter: we’re @sdowdtrust


Grace Academy, Solihull £500

Beacon Hill Community School, Cumbria £500

St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School, Cumbria £250

Kane Hill Primary & Hightown Primary, Southampton £250


Newhaven Pupil Referral Unit, Eltham, London £650

The Oaks Primary School, Ipswich £350


Lakeside Special School, Hampshire £400

St Edburg’s Primary School, Oxfordshire £300

Peterhouse Primary School, Norfolk £250

Kobi Nazrul Primary School, Tower Hamlets £250 (to be match funded by the school)


Hollydale Primary, Nunhead, London £350

Fearnhill Secondary, Letchworth Garden City £350

Ayresome Primary, Middlesbrough £350

Dereham Sixth Form College, Norfolk £250


Mason Moor Primary School, Southampton £400

Hans Price Secondary Academy, Weston Super Mere £400

St Werburghs Primary, Birkenhead £350

if you are unsuccessful, we’re very sorry – we’re having a lot of very strong entries at the moment! (There is always a chance your entry could be successful later in the year if we have a quiet month so do stay across your emails…)

2016 Winning schools & groups by region:

N Ireland split £2000 between 4 schools/groups: £1000 to St Paul’s Primary and Nursery, Belfast, £500 to Shimna Integrated College, Newcastle, Co Down, £250 to Oakgrove Integrated Primary and Nursery in Derry-Londonderry and £250 to the 45th Cub Scout pack, Ardoyne (this competition was open to all groups working with disadvantaged kids, not just schools).

South West split £1000 between 3 schools: £400 to Bristol Brunel Academy, £350 to Cape Cornwall School, Penzance and £250 to St George’s Primary School, Bristol.

South East split £1000 between 3 schools: £500 to Faringdon Infant School, Oxfordshire, £250 to Hove Park School, Brighton and £250 to Wordsworth Primary School, Southampton.

London split £1750 between 4 schools: £700 to Falconbrook Primary School, Battersea, £500 to Elthorne Park High School, Ealing, £300 to Gearies Primary School, Gants Hill and £250 to Dog Kennel Hill Primary, Southwark.

* In London & Northern Ireland again we had an exceptionally high number of good entries, so the Trustees once more increased the available prize money in those regions.


Scotland split £1750* between 4 schools: £500  to Elgin High School, Moray (to be spent at Yeadons), £250 to Langlee Primary, Galashiels (to be spent at Mainstreet Books), £500 to Hazlehead Academy, Aberdeen (to be spent at Plan 9 comics), £500 to Inverclyde Academy, Greenock (to be spent with Scotia books).

North East split £1000 between 2 schools: £750 to Benfield School, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (to be spent at Seven Stories bookshop), £250 to Barndale Special Needs School, Alnwick (to be spent at Forum Books, Hexham)

North West split £2250* between 6 schools: £500 to Merton Bank Primary, St Helens (to be spent at Wardleworths Book Shop), £500 Darwen Aldridge Academy, Lancashire (to be spent with Silver Dell books), £500 Levenshulme High, Manchester (to be spent at Chorlton bookshop), £250 Greengate Juniors, Barrow in Furness (to be spent with Hills books), £250 Penkford Special School, St Helens (again to be spent at Wardleworths), £250 Ashgrove Primary Academy, Macclesfield (to be spent at Brierlow Bar Bookstore, Buxton)

Yorkshire & Humber split £1000 between 3 schools: £500 Burton Green Primary School, York, £250 Thirsk School, N Yorks (to be spent at White Rose Books), £250 Thornton Grammar, Bradford (to be spent at Salt Mills Books)

*In Scotland & the North West we had an exceptionally high number of entries, so the Trustees increased the available prize money.

Wales split £1000 between 3 schools: £300  to Cogan Nursery School, Penarth (to be spent at Griffin Books), £200 to Ysgol Caer Dreyn, Denbighshire, and £500 to Pentrehafod School, Swansea (to be spent at Cover to Cover).

West Midlands split £1000 between 2 schools: £500 to Saint Anthony’s Catholic Primary, North Solihull, £500 to Holy Trinity Catholic School, Small Heath.

East Midlands split £1000 between 2 schools: £500 to Highfields School, Matlock, £500 Tupton Hall, Derbyshire (both schools will be shopping at Scarthin Books)

East of England split £1000 between 3 schools: £400 to Archbishop Sancroft High School, Harleston,Norfolk, £400 The Hewett Academy, Norwich (to be spent at Jarrolds), £200 to Cambourne Village School, Cambridge