On Tuesday, Mrs Forster took a group of Form V and VI girls to Roedean, a girls’ boarding school on the stunning South Downs, overlooking the sea. What an atmospheric setting for “Murder by the Sea”, a literary festival with a difference.

The girls were excited to be having break out sessions with a variety of authors, including Lauren St John, a great favourite of some of the group. The authors talked about how they create characters and how mystery and whodunnits are great fun to write. Their overriding message was to encourage the girls to read at every opportunity and read anything they fancied; anything to stimulate their imaginations.

They were also fascinated by the talk given by an ex-police commander of Sussex Constabulary, who works as an adviser for Peter James in the Roy Grace series. He gave us a background of how murders are investigated!

The unexpected, but extremely interesting activity was the forensic science laboratory, where all the girls were able to extract DNA samples and then test them. The girls were excellent at this A Level Biology experiment and it certainly fired their interests in the sciences.

What with a treasure hunt around the school and a visit to the secret tunnels from the school to Brighton Beach, the day was certainly eventful. Thankfully, no crimes needed to be solved!