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Students at Ormiston Forge Academy are immersing themselves into a world of fantasy heroes and time travel thanks to a donation from an international publishing giant.

Forge Literary Comic Initiative

Titan Comics, a new imprint from the world-leading publisher Titan Books, have given the academy over 100 comic books to aid their work with student literacy. Titan had already heard about the work the academy was doing with the National Literacy Trust and then a parcel full of comics arrived in the post.

The comics will be used in a variety of different ways with year 7 and 8 students. Students will be creating their own comic strips based on Shakespeare plays, the comics will become reading skills aids and a comic reading group will be set up. All of the activity will complement national curriculum guidance and initiatives from the National Literacy Trust.

Head of English, David Jenks, commented:

"We are extremely grateful to Titan for this fantastic donation. We know that literacy levels make a difference to the lives of our students. A higher literacy level will enable them to access more information which in turn has a positive outcome in exams. We encourage our students to read, read, read, it's about engagement and these comics do just that."

The academy was praised very recently, by Ofsted, highlighting their innovative literacy strategies which ensure students apply their reading and writing skills well, in all subjects.

Titan Publishing Group is an independently owned British publishing company, established in 1981. Its titles include such licensed characters and properties as Batman, Doctor Who, Heroes, Star Wars, The Simpsons, Tank Girl, Star Trek, Assassin's Creed, The Walking Dead and many others. Titan Comics offers astounding comics and graphic novels from the world's greatest licensed properties, alongside creator-owned comic books from new and world-renowned talent and classic graphic novels re-mastered for brand-new audiences.

Titan writer and Sunday Times best-selling author, Cavan Scott:

“It’s great to see a school using comics as a way of engaging their pupils. Not only do comics help create and maintain a love of reading, they’re often a springboard to creativity, inspiring readers to create their own stories and characters.