We are excited to announce that we now have a library on site to help pupils read for pleasure. The old outdoor pavilion has been refurbished to create this area of quiet reflection.
Through a combination of new books and donations the library now consists of over 700 books which have all been catalogued, categorised, cleaned and shelved. The new library pavilion also has indoor and outdoor reading space.
The school has introduced a sustained focus on reading since the beginning of this academic year, resulting in an average reading age growth of almost one year per pupil over the first two terms – this despite the difficulties of a national lockdown. Children, whose reading age surpasses 15 years, are known as ‘master’ readers and the school has seen a 37% increase in this category since September.
The pavilion is a welcome addition to the school allowing pupils a calming environment as well as a huge range of reading material: from favourite authors such as Roald Dahl and J K Rowling to non-fiction books covering history, aircraft, animals and poetry.
Richard George, Acting Headteacher said ‘We are utilising space and enriching lives. It is fantastic to be able to offer a dedicated space and a diverse range of material to all our pupils. This is just one of the many projects we have in the pipeline, so watch this space, we have big plans here at Longdon Park School.’