New Library Opening for Kingsleigh Primary School

Kingsleigh Primary School in Bournemouth have celebrated World Book Day in style, with the opening of their revamped school library. Helped by children’s TV character ‘Horrid Henry’, the two youngest and the two oldest pupils in the school assisted Head teacher Richard Gower in cutting the red ribbon to the new facility.

The revamp project was the brainchild of Assistant Head Teacher Holly Graff, who initially applied for a grant for books from Foyles. Spurred on by this, the school then rallied together to raise a further £10,000 via sponsored events and the PTA. New furniture, including tables, chairs and comfy seats, have created a fantastic new area for the children to enjoy, along with all the new books.

In addition to the main library, Kingsleigh have also created two more reading areas for their KS1 and KS2 children, again with new furniture and books.

The school is very proud of its approach to reading and literacy and sees the new library as an important space for children to develop. Holly Graff comments:

We are committed to promoting reading and literacy at Kingsleigh and we really wanted somewhere that matched our ambitions for all our children. This new library can now offer pupils a fabulous opportunity to just come and read. Seeing the children’s faces this morning when they first came in was brilliant.”

Richard Gower, Head Teacher at Kingsleigh is thrilled with the new library, and comments:

So much hard work has gone into this project and to see it come to fruition, and the brilliant resource we now have, really does make all the effort worthwhile. Everyone, from the staff to the children and their parents, has helped to raise the money and we now look forward to them all enjoying this wonderful facility. At a time when many schools are having to close their libraries we are so proud to be able to open our new one.

Kingsleigh are also looking at the possibility of being able to open the Library during school holidays to the local community, so that children can come and borrow books out of term time.