School’s got the reading bug after winning £1,000 new library

Coppice primary new library: Assistant Head Jane Bowley with pupils.
Coppice primary new library: Assistant Head Jane Bowley with pupils.

A trendy furniture retailer famed for its flat-pack products - has given a learning boost to a Heanor School in the shape of a brand new library.

At the start of the year shoppers at Ikea in Giltbrook were invited to vote for one of three schools to receive a cash boost from the Swedish chain towards a worthy project.

And after receiving the most votes, Coppice Primary School in Heanor was awarded £1,000 of fixtures and fittings to convert a form ICT room into a vibrant new library.

Head teacher Alison Seaton said: “They’ve provided us with all the shelving as well as tables and chairs for the children to work quietly, some new books from a new range they do, some chairs and even some soft toys - there’s also a new canopy area.

“It’s now a beautiful area for children to work and for teachers to take classes into.”

Previously the school only had a small selection of books in each classroom, but the new library unveiled at the start of term stocks a range of more than 1,000.

Students from Derby College helped out by painting and decorating the new room over the summer holiday as part of a work experience program.

And in a bid to capture the imagination of the boys at the primary school one section has a ‘space invaders’ theme.

The improvements also mean the computers from the ICT suite have been moved into the classrooms to help integrate them into everyday class activities.

Feedback from the youngsters, aged between three and 11 has been great so far Mrs Seaton said.

“They’ve taken to it well so far,” she said. “It’s well used by all the children, and they have said how much they enjoy being there.

“Even when they are waiting to go into dinner I see them picking up books from the library to go and read.”

And the head teacher, who marked her first anniversary in charge of the school at the start of term said a good library is still an important feature for a school to have school in the internet age,

She said: “I still think it’s really important that children know how to use books and know how to read.

There’s something about sitting down with a good book that beats just searching on the internet. It’s about the love of reading.”