SARUM Academy has teamed up with The Rocketship Bookshop on Bridge Street to make sure pupils in Year 7-10 will be receiving a piece of fiction.

The books, which include titles such as RJ Palacio’s Wonder and Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce, will be distributed to students over the coming week.

The school says it will also make sure students have the basic stationary to continue with their studies from home.

Deputy Headteacher Jen Moore said: “Our students have been working on some fantastic resources set by our teachers, but one thing we know we cannot send them over the internet is the pleasure and excitement of holding a quality novel in their hands. Developing confident and enthusiastic readers is key to great learning. We also want families to know we are thinking of them, all of the staff are missing our amazing students.”

Head of English Mike Mineur added: “We are proud to be teaming up with our fantastic colleagues from The Rocketship. A good local bookshop is an essential part of our community and we are delighted to be working with them during this difficult time.”

The Rocketship announced it will be taking orders again "very soon".

Owner Jo Boyles said: “We’re getting ready to open and will be offering delivery once the supply chain is operational and once we know we can adhere to government guidelines and best practices. We’re incredibly grateful for all the support we have received and we’re really looking forward to providing our community with excellent service and the very best books for children and young people as soon as we can."