Throughout the summer, an extensive library refurbishment has taken place in the school library. Works included a dividing wall being removed, doubling the space to make a larger library and learning resource centre. There are now two distinct areas; reading for pleasure and a study hub to allow students a quiet zone for revision/homework plus a ‘reading nook’ The new space allows for the hosting of meetings and training sessions.
Our new full-time librarian, Tara Adamson, is now busy setting up The Royal Society book judging panel for the second year running, in conjunction with the science department. Tara says “I’m really excited to move the library forward; the reaction from students has been overwhelmingly positive. I’ve been flooded with student librarian requests”.
On Thursday 26th October, The 3-18 Education Trust CEO, Mr David O’Toole, visited the new library for the official opening. We had a selection of reading mentors, student librarians, judging panels and student authors attend the celebration. Headteacher, Mr Cooper, was also in attendance along with Tara Adamson and Gemma Smith, our literacy co-ordinator. Students had the opportunity to talk to Mr O’Toole about their literacy experiences at Thomas Adams. These included Year 7 student, James Ireland, who has written a book called ‘The Honey Bee’ which he has just had published on Amazon! You can find some copies of his new book in the library!
Following the formal ‘cutting of the ribbon’ everyone enjoyed exploring the new facilities and light refreshments.