Create an imaginary school

Write a story about an imaginary school. It could be a fantastical place: a school in a castle, one on another planet, one that bounces or disappears or that floats in a bubble.

You may choose a school of witchcraft and wizardry, like Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series or Madam Dragon’s school in Zog.

Sketches and coloured illustrations of several of winged dragons
Illustrations for Zog © Axel Scheffler. Except as otherwise permitted by your national copyright laws this material may not be copied or distributed further.

Alternatively, you may choose to write about an ordinary school – an everyday primary like Tom Gates’ Oakfield School, or like the school in Planet Omar.

Tom Gates sketchbook
Illustrations for Tom Gates © Liz Pichon. Except as otherwise permitted by your national copyright laws this material may not be copied or distributed further.

Your school may have a particular specialism: it may be a music school, a football school, a cookery school, a school for magical creatures or a school that teaches circus skills. Your school may have a time machine, a mysterious garden, a menagerie or a rocket ship.

What is your school like?

illsutration of witch and cat on broomstick

You could write the story from the point of view of the teacher. Write a lesson plan for your students. What subject do you teach? Geography, creative writing, hot air ballooning skills or magic?

an illustration of a pink castle of a green background

Describe your school building, your classroom, your students, the most exciting classes and the most boring.

an illustrtaion of a blue football, a planet with a  ring, an artists pallette an paintbrush and a saucepan and spoon

Or your story could be told from the perspective of a student experiencing the school for the first time. What are your fellow students like? Do you have a school uniform? What’s the best lesson and who teaches it? Which lesson do you dread going to each week?

child in a suba diving outfit sitting a school desk

Next dream up an adventure that takes place in your school. Which characters are involved? What will happen in the end? Will your school ever be the same again?

Click on the image to download a free template to help you develop your school story.

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A close up image of the manuscript of 'Tom Gates'

Go deeper: School stories for children

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Crop of the front cover for Third Class at Miss Kayes, showing two school girls holding a book together

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