Doors? They don’t tend to be the most exciting part of a building, yet the doors at Sandhills, R.E.A.L. received a magical makeover in aid of World Book Day. 

Lions, crocodiles, witches and wizards were just some of the marvellous creatures featured, as staff and learners had carefully decorated five doors in total, all inspired by children’s books.

Teaching Assistant, Stephenie Walters said: “There was a competition running across R.E.A.L. to design a ‘book door’ for World Book Day. We were only meant to create one, but we enjoyed it so much we ended up making five in total, we went a little overboard!” 

Stephenie and Learning Manager, Claire Colley, chose The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and the books of Roald Dahl as four of the door designs. Each is decorated with quotes from the books, as well as characters ranging from Dobby the House Elf to the BFG.  

Stephenie said: “The doors took weeks to be completed as there was so much detail that went into each one. It involved a lot of cutting and laminating, especially for the fifth door, which contained a whole bookshelf of over 60 books! We crafted each book spine individually and learners titled them with their favourite book. 

“The doors have inspired the learners to engage in lots of interesting conversations already and we hope it inspires them to read more.”