“If there’s one piece of advice I’d give to other schools who are serious about improving pupils’ reading, it’s stick with your vision and don’t be afraid to think big, even if you have got a small space”
“One piece of advice? Yes, use BookSpace!”
Oliver Knight, St Mary’s Bryanston Square
St Mary’s Bryanston Square School
A, small one-form entry primary school in Marylebone, London with just over 200 pupils aged 3-11 years
A major part of the schools’ improvement plan was to focus on reading and in particular reading for pleasure. Using PTA and private equity funding BookSpace worked with the school to create a bespoke school library full of colourful and creative library furniture.
When the local public library closed down, the school’s only access to a wide selection of books went too. They had two choices. Take pupils to a public library further away meaning half a day out of school for each visit or create their own school library.
How BookSpace helped
Transformed a small room used for storage and the odd meeting into a vibrant, exciting primary school library.
Famous London landmarks were cleverly incorporated into the bespoke library shelving.
The school was keen to include a Reading Hideaway but space didn’t allow. Instead BookSpace provided a custom-made circular seat built into the feature wall.
“Reading has become vocal amongst the children now” says Oliver Knight, Yr 6 teacher and library project manager.
“The children see a visit to the library as the highlight of their week!
I was determined not to have bogstandard school library furniture. My vision was for creativity and colour – BookSpace understood straight away. Their library design ideas were amazing & exactly what I was looking for.
If you want something bespoke or unique, don’t be afraid to ask. BookSpace saw the potential this small room had and have created a wonderful, vibrant school library”.
Library Design Service
At BookSpace we love helping to design reading spaces no matter how large or small. Our experienced team of designers, in-depth knowledge of primary schools and superb range of contemporary school library furniture combine to ensure that BookSpace is the ideal choice. Whatever the size and shape of your space, whichever the year group taught, we can create your dream school library.
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