Students learn the power of persuasion

Graham sch students enjoy a pizza treat after their english writing success front Teacher Nicola Hutton and Chris Segwick of Dominos Pizza picture Richard Ponter 132408
Graham sch students enjoy a pizza treat after their english writing success front Teacher Nicola Hutton and Chris Segwick of Dominos Pizza picture Richard Ponter 132408

Students from Graham School have convinced well-known companies to send out freebies as part of a class project.

The year 10 English class wrote persuasive letters to a company of their choice, encouraging them to send their products out of good will.

The initial thought came from class teacher, Nicola Hutton, who wanted to see the power of their persuasive writing skills in real life.

This was put to the test when the group posted 29 letters to various companies in the UK.

Miss Hutton said: “The students have responded enthusiastically to this task, probably because it had a real purpose. I’m proud of them for taking part with such maturity.”

The class have received popcorn from Butterkist and pens from Dorito’s.

The takeaway company Dominoes also agreed to send a personalised pizza to each student who took part as well as their teacher.

Pizza Hut responded with a £30 gift voucher, which the class have decided to donate to a local children’s home.

The pupils said the task ‘made the experiment more real’, and that their confidence with writing was boosted as a result.