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Leighfield Primary School, Uppingham renovate the library




A school has had its library renovated ‘to encourage children to read for pleasure’.

Leighfield Primary School in Uppingham has undergone huge changes to its ‘dated’ library to make it a more comfortable and enjoyable place for the pupils.

The room, which used to only contain non-fiction, now includes a broad range of fictional books.

Henry Darlington and Milly Piggot reading on a bean bag
Henry Darlington and Milly Piggot reading on a bean bag

Many of the books were donated by parents from an Amazon wish list created by the school.

Inside the library there are bean bags, ‘comfy chairs’ and blankets to show the children that reading can be fun and relaxing.

This space has encouraged pupils from different age groups to mix and read to each other.

Lottie Reddy and Genevieve Creed in the new reading area
Lottie Reddy and Genevieve Creed in the new reading area

Adele Darlington, a Year 1 teacher who helped organise the renovation, said: “The children queue at the door to get in.

“Some don’t appreciate the bell going because they are so snuggled up.”

Sarah Eaton, headteacher, added: “It’s really bespoke and personal to us.”

In the room, more than 100 letters from different authors have been put up on the walls which explain the importance of reading and having a library.

Pupils at Leighfield primary school enjoying their newly renovated library
Pupils at Leighfield primary school enjoying their newly renovated library

Sarah said: “They are all really individual.

“I thought we would get letters that are a bit more generic but the majority are personalised and handwritten.”

Henry Speirs, Leighfield pupil, added: “I like all the letters from the authors, seeing their actual writing rather than printing.”

The renovation began in October and the work was completed on Monday.

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