A FRESH page has been turned in the difficult recent history of Hucknall’s Annie Holgate Junior School — with the launch of its new library.
Last year, the school on High Leys Road was placed in Special Measures after government inspectors decided it was failing to deliver a good standard of education.
But since then, things have improved and now it has completed a two-year project to open its first-ever stand-alone library.
Deputy head teacher Simon Robinson has been behind the scheme, which is housed in a spare classroom.
It was officially opened by the school’s former head teacher, Clive Bumstead.
Up to £4,000 has been spent on the project, with funding coming from the school budget, plus an £800 donation from the Parent and Teacher Association (PTA), which was raised from discos and Christmas fairs.
Children and the school council have also been involved throughout.
The library now houses thousands of books that have been amassed since 2009. It also includes a series designed to persuade more boys to enjoy reading.
Head teacher Rose Jones said: “Promoting reading is one of our key focuses, and the new library will help us do this.
“It is promoting the joy of picking up a book. If you can get children reading, it is half the battle.
“This has been a real team-effort and we are delighted the library is now up and running.
“It shows parents we are constantly trying to improve. A big thankyou goes to everyone who has been involved.”
OUR PHOTO shows Mr Bumstead opening the new library, watched by youngsters and staff — DISPIC NHUD12-0239-1.