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Headteacher at Norwich school says £10k library extension is having ‘huge impact’

Dussindale Primary School library. Some of the pupils holding Dudley, the librarian. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Dussindale Primary School library. Some of the pupils holding Dudley, the librarian. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2018

Pupils at a primary school in Norwich are getting stuck into reading this term following the expansion of their library.

Dussindale Primary School library. A pupil with Dudley, the librarian.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYDussindale Primary School library. A pupil with Dudley, the librarian. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Dussindale Primary in Vane Close undertook a project to extend its small library to accommodate its growing number of students.

The £10,000 renovation took around a year to complete, with the final touches added in the summer holidays.

The new and improved library was officially opened on October 11 at an event for pupils, parents, staff and governors. Children’s author Nicola Davies was invited to cut the ribbon and gave a talk for those who attended.

As part of the project the school has also revamped its collection of books to increase the range of materials available for its pupils – including some titles by Ms Davies.

Dussindale Primary School library. Some of the pupils holding Dudley, the librarian.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYDussindale Primary School library. Some of the pupils holding Dudley, the librarian. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Headteacher Louise Norgate said the expansion of the school over the past decade – a fivefold growth to 360 pupils – led to the decision to expand the library.

“When the school started 11 years ago it had 65 pupils enrolled and it has significantly grown,” she said.

“We felt there was a need to provide the children with a greater range of texts.”

Ms Norgate said the new facility was already having a “huge impact”.

Dussindale Primary School library.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYDussindale Primary School library. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

She said: “It has really enthused the children – they take a lot of pride in the library.

“We have been able to increase the range of books that we have got and it has helped the children’s learning.

“It is an extra resource for classes, but children can go in at lunch and break times as well.”

She added that the school’s English lead, Maria Black, had played a leading role in the project. “She has really inspired the children,” she said.

Caroline Scriggins, school secretary, said the school had also received help from Norfolk Children’s Book Centre to organise the expanded library.

But with more shelves to fill she said the school was in need of more donations – both of books themselves and funds to purchase more.

“Our PTSA donated £1,000 towards new books for the library which has given us a good start,” she said.

“Everyone thinks it is amazing, the kids absolutely love having a bigger space.”

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