July 04, 2023

VIP opening for new school library

Excited pupils were treated to a very special VIP opening of their new library on Tuesday 4th July, when children's author, Steve Skidmore, and Mayor of Oadby and Wigston, Rosemarie Adams, cut the ribbon to declare it officially open!

With a dark and under-utilised computer room having been transformed into the bright new library space it was definitely an occasion to celebrate. Jointly funded by Brocks Hill Primary School and Lionheart Educational Trust, both school staff and the Trust Estates Team had spent many hours developing a library that could become central to the school. 

Reading is an integral part Brocks Hill Primary, so it was important to Head of School, Mrs Shilling, and Deputy Head, Mrs Street, that the pupils’ library space was improved. While resources have always been strong, the former open space library was positioned on a busy corridor, therefore, not creating that quiet space that enables a child to ‘get lost’ in a good book. 

The new library – open to every year group – is bright, colourful and enticing, with a recommendation wall and topical inspiration tree providing suggestions for good reads to pupils. Having taken pupil voice into consideration too, the library books are categorised by genre, as well as year group, and delighted school staff have seen a huge increase in library usage and borrowed books as a result. 

Immediately after the library opening, which also welcomed Chair of Governors, Diane Miller, the whole school were treated to an assembly with author, Steve Skidmore, who as an alumni of Lionheart’s Birstall schools, brought along his first school exercise book for ‘show and tell’!