Northamptonshire school library scoops top award

Kingsthorpe College has been honoured with Northamptonshire’s first ever Gold Library Award in recognition of its work to promote a love of reading.

The accolade has been awarded by Learning Resources for Education, Northamptonshire County Council’s schools library service, which launched the School Library Award in May.

The library at Kingsthorpe College was praised for its efforts to encourage and support pupils with their research, as well as promoting a love of reading through activities including book awards and literacy initiatives.

The College library also offers numerous out-of-hours clubs and homework sessions and has hosted a number of author visits thanks to a partnership with Waterstones.

Cllr Matthew Golby, County Council cabinet member for learning, skills and education, said: “A good school library can play an important role by teaching pupils how to do independent research and providing a place where they can do quiet study. This Gold Library Award is thoroughly deserved by the library staff at Kingsthorpe College and I hope other schools will follow their example and recognise the need to place libraries at the heart of the school environment.”

Debbie Morrison, Principal at Kingsthorpe College, said: “We are thrilled with this award which reflects the dedication of a wonderful team of staff. Our students are very fortunate to be able to learn in such an impressive environment and we intend to keep developing further ideas and initiatives to keep the library at the centre of all that we are about”

The School Library Award is an accreditation scheme that rewards primary and secondary schools for high standards.

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