Children’s author Michael Morpurgo opens the Archer Academy

Michael Morpurgo at Archer Academy. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Michael Morpurgo at Archer Academy. Picture: Polly Hancock. - Credit: Archant

Renowned children’s author Michael Morpurgo has officially opened a new free school in East Finchley.

The former children’s laureate unveiled a plaque to mark the formal opening of the Archer Academy, in Beaumont Close, last Thursday.

Mr Morpurgo also read a selection of his short stories to students and took part in a special Q&A session.

Headteacher Mick Quigley said: “I know I speak for everyone on the Archer Academy team when I say what an honour it is for us to have such a well-loved author officiating at our opening ceremony.

“English is one of our specialisms, and we have immersed ourselves in Michael’s books in preparation for his visit.”

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The new secondary school opened to 150 Year 7 pupils in September.

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