“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”.
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.