Salisbury headmaster turns storyteller while pupils aren't at school

Salisbury headmaster turns storyteller while pupils aren't at school

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 9:00am 8th May 2020.

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Leehurst Swan head Terence Ayres has been posting daily stories on their YouTube channel for children to see.

The stories started off as a way of keeping the school community connected, but have now become a staple of the 'school day'.

The headteacher's been sharing videos each day, complete with funny voices, sound effects and plenty of animation! 

Mr Ayres' stories so far have included things like Mr Stink by David Walliams, Hairy McLairy by Lynley Dodd, The Twits by Roald Dahl and The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr.

The readings have really captured the imagination of the children too: 

Leehurst Swan has also been doing other online activities while the majority of pupils have been at home, due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

They've doing things like online assemblies, classes via Zoom conferencing and fun lip sync challenges.

Leehurst Swan Salisbury Headteacher Terence Ayres reading to children on YouTube
Mr Ayres has been reading books to the children at home for weeks now!

The Campbell Road school remains open for the children of key workers at this time as well.


The school says it's 'business as usual' when it comes to processing applications for children to attend Leehurst Swan in September 2020 and beyond.

The school can't accommodate visits from prospective parents at the moment, but can arrange video calls with the headteacher for more information.

You can find out more by emailing the School's Registrar, Beverley Smith on

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