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Oak Tree Primary School

Inspiration Award 2014: Judges' Citations

Oak Tree Primary School

Mansfield, Nottinghamshire

Headteacher: Mrs S. Moore


Winner of the Primary School Category, 2014

Oak Tree’s library has gone from a tiny space in a corridor to a dedicated room with an enchanting fairy tale forest theme – chosen by the pupils.
The staff at Oak Tree have made this a community project forging links with local businesses and the local college. Help from these external sources enabled the school to make the most of their budget. Students from the local college designed the open book surround to the library entrance, mushroom kinderboxes and artwork for the walls. Local businesses volunteered their time to input data on to the new Library Management System. This all freed up money to put towards the purchase of new book stock and a magnificent story chair.

The carpeted yellow brick road, story themed artwork, 3D art and Dorothy’s red shoes hanging from the ceiling make the room exciting but not distracting. Clever use of floor to ceiling bookshelves to hide away the storage area has given the room an interesting shape. Flexibility was an important factor and the library has been designed to accommodate class, group, one-to-one and individual reading.

The library is well used. All classes have a session in the library at least once a week, pupils who attend breakfast club visit every Friday morning before school, there is also a homework club and the toy library visit fortnightly.  The library is open to pupils every lunch time. A team of parents help out with one to one reading with pupils and help keep the library tidy.

Through determination, teamwork, relationship building and resourcefulness, driven by a desire to improve and transform their library provision Oak Tree have created a reading space which the children thoroughly enjoy.

Further information about the SLA School Library Inspiration Award.