Book joy for headteacher

Upton Primary School headteacher, Paul Franklin, has written book of poems and songs in the hope of helping other school children learn and debate issues. (H501B224)
Upton Primary School headteacher, Paul Franklin, has written book of poems and songs in the hope of helping other school children learn and debate issues. (H501B224)
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A PRIMARY School headteacher has certainly been doing his homework - he’s released a book in the hope of inspiring debate.

Paul Franklin has been the head teacher of Upton Primary School for 11 years and had always had a passion for writing poems and songs.

Now he’s put them all together in an anthology – entitled Official Secret which was released last Thursday.

The collection includes everything from satirical observations of the classroom to more deep and profound issues, such as losing a loved one, and two poems inspired by the deaths of soldiers in the Yorkshire Regiment.

Mr Franklin, 54, said: “I am so proud of this book and think it will be a great tool for schools to use to spark debate about lots of issues. It can be enjoyed by children, adolescents and adults. It’s a book that covers generations.”

The father-of-two believed people are never too old to read poetry.

He has even included songs he wrote in the 80s while in a band, and one he wrote in his teens about unrequited love.

Mr Franklin tested out some of the poems on pupils in the school on Waggon Lane.

He said: “They were great to test some of them out and when they laugh you know you’re on to a winner.”

The book is available from www.amazon.co.uk in Kindle format, and will soon be released in paperback.