Great Ouse Primary Academy

“The ideas we received from BookSpace were above and beyond. From start to finish the design, communication, service and more importantly the finished product were just BRILLIANT!”
Paul Ives, Principal
Great Ouse Primary Academy

“A significant percentage of our pupils’ learning now happens outside of the classroom!”

Great Ouse Primary Academy

A purpose-built new school in Bedfordshire opened in September 2017 with an amazing Learning Street running from one end of the school to the other.


The Learning Street comprises 4 ‘shops’ which use genuine artefacts & props to bring various aspects of the curriculum to life: Writing, History, Environment and Science. In addition, a maker-space, a book swap cart, market stalls and a fabulous new school library have been created to provide a rich, engaging way of pupils experiencing
topic-based learning.

The challenge

BookSpace were asked to create a Learning Street which would deliver a hands-on experience for pupils. Principal, Paul Ives, wanted pupils to spend time outside of the classroom every day and needed the Learning Street to help deliver this vision for kinetic style learning. BookSpace worked closely with Paul and his team to conceive a creative space which provides an extra dimension to pupils’ learning. The new school library, a Learning Resource Centre, was installed in the centre of the school and features a Writing Shop filled with an old writing bureau, vintage typewriters and various writing tools, as well as high quality bookshelves and curved soft seating. “I wanted the Writing Shop to sit within the library as they naturally go hand-in-hand” says Paul. Two corridors extending either side of the LRC are teaming with inspirational stopping points – perfect for topic-based learning. From an Environmental Shop featuring a weather station to the Science Shop with a life-size skeleton and the History Shop filled with all manner of genuine historical artefacts. Dotted amongst the ‘shops’ are various carts where children are encouraged to stop, touch, investigate and ask questions.


“Children are like sponges” says Paul. “We have created an environment where they can soak everything up and a significant percentage of our pupils’ learning now happens outside of the classroom. This shows how passionate we all are about the Learning Street.”

The BookSpace team is dedicated to designing the perfect library for your school and our library consultants along with our designers spend many hours developing plans and visuals to make sure we create a library with which you are 100% happy.

Our free design service is extremely popular because of the high quality bespoke attention we give to each unique project. As a small company you will appreciate that we don’t always have the capacity and resources to make the service available to every school who is refurbishing their library. So we would like to understand more about your plans in order to assess whether our service and products provide the best match for your needs.

If you are interested in our free design service please complete the form below, it should take no longer than 5 minutes. We will assess your application alongside the others we receive and let you know if we are able to offer you one of our free design service slots.

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