Assembly Performances

Local author and illustrator, Rachel Greaves, would love to visit your school during an assembly to perform stories based on her exciting new children’s books about Ruffle, an Airedale Terrier, and his adventures on a steam railway. The stories are brought to life as Rachel combines her vast experience of teaching Drama and English with skills from delivering creative workshops for Curve Theatre, Leicester. Just like children on visits to other schools, your pupils will be mesmerised as they join in with Rachel’s storytelling using puppets and props including ‘Eric’ the station master and a fabulous model train – ‘The Flying Terrier’

These charming, gentle stories follow Ruffle and his believable antics at the little steam railway that runs along the bottom of his garden. Ideal for Key stages 1 and 2, the books have already proved successful in the short time that they have been self-published. Since April 2016, almost 6000 books have been sold with books being taken as far away as Australia and America.

Rachel would be able to visit free of charge – all that is asked is that her visit is publicised prior to her visit and that pupils would have the opportunity to buy one of her signed books on the day (usually at break-time).  All the books are priced at £3 each – a reasonable, realistic price.

‘The session was great and unique to what I have seen from others’.
Ellen Lee – School Development Support Agency

‘My son was so animated and excited about the whole event, he loved having the story told to him, the puppet and the whole idea that he had met someone who had written a book was astounding to him!  Bringing reading to life is so important to small children, an interactive approach to words is invaluable and that’s what this opportunity was for them all’.
Parent (MRG) – Mercenfeld Primary School

‘The children had a lovely time and your delivery of the Ruffle stories including props was fantastic!’

Richard Dax – Headteacher, Belvoirdale Primary School

‘The stories are delightful! We were all enthralled and entertained by Rachel’s enthusiasm when telling the story of Ruffle. As one of our teachers said, the stories and presentation were heart-warming.’

Tim Jewitt – Headteacher Snarestone Primary School


Schools visited


Riverside, Birstall                                              Sherard, Melton

Highcliffe, Birstall                                             St. Peter’s, Market Bosworth

Highgate, Sileby                                                  Dixie Junior Sch, Mkt Bosworth

Glebelands                                                            Thornton

Richard Hill, Thurcaston                                Barlestone

Sacred Heart, Loughborough                        Croft

Greystokes, Narborough                                  Thythorn Field, Wigston

Mercenfeld                                                              Great Dalby

Lady Jane Grey, Groby                                       St. John Fisher, Wigston

Rearsby                                                                    Hinckley Parks

St Paul’s, Woodhouse Eaves                             Swallowdale (Melton)

Ellistown                                                                  St.Francis (Melton)

All Saints, Coalville                                              Gracedieu Nursery & Pre-Prep

Holy Cross, Whitwick                                         Mountsorrel

Our Lady’s Convent, Loughborough             Glenmere


Woodstone (Ravenstone)

Swannington C of E

New Swannington

Churchill Juniors, Thurmaston

St Clare’s, Coalville


Newbold Coleorton

Kirby Muxloe



Ibstock Juniors

Thorpe Acre Infants

Belvoirdale (Coalville)

Robert Bakewell (Lough)


The Hollies Pre-Preparatory School (Twycross)
St. John the Baptist, Leicester
Brownlow (Melton)





Glebe House, Hunstanton

Sandringham & West Newton