Prestfelde school proudly opened its new school library on Monday, 24th September following a renovation that took place over the summer. Mr Robin Trimby, Head of Prestfelde between 1983 and 1995, was invited along to cut the ribbon and officially open the library alongside pupils, teaching staff and parents.
Prestfelde pupils were involved in the design, helping to create a functional, interactive and exciting resource for pupils and teachers alike. The library will be a place where pupils of all ages can learn to develop a love of reading, complete research, or simply relax with a book.
The idea to breathe new life into the library came from Mrs Holly Keogh-Jones, Head of English, who felt that a refurbishment of the existing room would be a way to enthuse and encourage pupils to become independent readers, as well as giving all pupils access to quality literature. The library, with brightly coloured soft-covered seating, beanbag zone, and intelligent use of space, provides for all of these functions and more.
Every fortnight, pupils from Years 6-8 will have a lesson in the library to enable them to choose, discuss and read high quality literature. The school’s new Library Manager and English teacher, Mrs Lucy Martin, will also be running a range of events with the help of a new team of Library Leaders, including author Skypes, workshops, competitions and more.
Staff at Prestfelde are passionate about the importance of reading for pleasure, not least because – as new research by The Literacy Trust reports – children and young people who are the most engaged with literacy have better mental wellbeing.
Fiona Orchard, Prestfelde Head said, “It is absolutely wonderful to see the passion, enthusiasm and hard work that has gone into the development of our new school library. The opening is a proud day for the school and reflects the fantastic new resource now available for all of our pupils to enjoy, and the importance we place on developing a love of reading and pupil wellbeing.”
Prestfelde gives thanks to all those who helped to make the opening of the library possible, and especially to the parents and governors for their generosity in fundraising for the project.