Simon James Green is the author of 11 children’s books, and his work has been nominated for numerous awards, including the Carnegie Medal and the Blue Peter Book Award.
Once it became aware of a planned World Book Day visit by Mr Green to a Catholic secondary school in Croydon, the Archdiocese intervened, overruling the school leadership who had been more than happy for the visit to take place, and sacking several of the governors who tried to object. In a statement, Dr Simon Hughes, Director of Education at the Archdiocese said:
From time to time materials or events emerge for consideration that fall outside the scope of what is permissible in a Catholic school . . . The book-signing event scheduled for 7 March 2022 at The John Fisher School, Purley is one such event and we have recommended that the school’s leaders cancel it.
The school chaplain also opposed the decision of the school’s leadership.
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