Book joy for headteacher

A PRIMARY School headteacher has certainly been doing his homework - he’s released a book in the hope of inspiring debate.

Friday, 15th June 2012, 12:26 pm

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 in Kindle format, and will soon be released in paperback.