Praise for Woodchurch CofE Primary's 'life-changing' library
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30 May 2022
A Wirral school has been praised for its role in a scheme
that encourages children to enjoy reading.
Woodchurch C of E is one of six primary schools in the
country to have been selected to take part in the 'Life changing Libraries'
initiative, with support from Children's Laureate Cressida Cowell and Book
With the support of the Children's Laureate and Book Trust,
the staff and pupils have transformed an unoccupied area of corridor into an
enchanted reading space – filled with mushroom cushions, dragon wall art and
hundreds of books.
Julie Davies, deputy head teacher of Woodchurch C of E
Primary School, said: "We have been blown away by the children's response
to the library.
"Since the library opened last June, we’ve had more and
more children using their play time to sit down and not just read for
themselves but read to each other.
"It has been such a fantastic opportunity for the
school and the wider community. Every school should have one."
Currently, one in eight primary schools have no library
space for their pupils to utilise.
The purpose of the 'Life changing Libraries' initiative is
to develop a culture of reading for pleasure in primary schools.
Margaret Greenwood MP joined the Waterstones Children’s Laureate,
Cressida Cowell, on a visit to the school's 'Life changing Library.
Margaret Greenwood MP, a former English teacher, said:
"I am delighted that Woodchurch C of E Primary School was selected to take
part in this exciting and important initiative.
"Encouraging children to enjoy books and read at an
early age is incredibly important, whether that be picture books, story books,
graphic novels or non-fiction books.
"The atmosphere at Woodchurch C of E Primary School’s
new library is quite magical and it is wonderful to see the children getting so
much out of it.
"I congratulate all the staff at the school who are
doing such a fantastic job encouraging children to enjoy reading, and
Waterstones Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell for her inspirational work on
"I am sure the new library at Woodchurch C of E Primary
School will provide hours of pleasure to the children, improve their reading
skills and give them a love of books that they will take with them through