Elsley Primary School, Wembley

Multi-Level Seating Curve at Elsley Primary School

“We chose BookSpace because they are experts in this field. They only supply primary school libraries and their knowledge was evident right from the initial meeting.”
Shabiha Sayed
Deputy Headteacher.

Elsley Primary School, Wembley

A multi-functional school library for pupils and the wider local community to use. 


In 2017 a new wing was created at Elsley Primary School to take them to a 4-form intake school. The plans included a new school library in the heart of the new building which would maximize the learning opportunities for staff, pupils and local community groups.

The challenge

Many pupils at Elsley Primary School have limited access to books at home and often English is not their first language. Headteacher Mr Moss and Ms Sayed saw the new library as an opportunity to develop pupils’ speaking and listening skills which they hoped could then improve their reading abilities.

How BookSpace helped

BookSpace listened to the requirements of the school and it was evident the they had a clear focus & knew what they wanted from the new library space.

This included an amphitheatre to encourage speaking and listening but they were also keen to create a space which brought the ‘outside inside’.

“Helen understood what I wanted right from our initial meeting” says Ms Sayed. “But she wasn’t afraid to question what we were asking for at times. Everything that BookSpace suggested was evidently reader focused and we’re so pleased we chose to go with a specialist library design company. We had a number of contractors who could have built a library for us but the results would not have been the same.

We have a unique school library here which we’re really proud of. It’s the focal point of the school and has learning opportunities for our pupils built into every corner. We’re even encouraging local community groups like our local Mother & Toddler group to use the space as they’re potentially our pupils of the future.”

“For any other school thinking of designing a new school library, I would say, start with what you want to achieve and from that your library design will grow. ”
Shabiha Sayed, Deputy Headteacher

Reading Corner at Elsley Primary School
Group Storytime Seating Curve at Elsley Primary School
Library Layout at Elsley Primary School
Storytime Seating at Elsley Primary School

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