The school in Baildon, Bradford, won a competition run by the National Literacy Trust and the
School Library Association as well as furniture company
BookSpace, who are designing and funding the renovation. The project is part of the National Literacy Trust Hub in Bradford - an initiative to raise literacy levels in the area. Construction
work is due to start in the school summer holidays and the new reading space is expected to open to pupils during the autumn term.
Sandal Primary School’s vision is to create a nurturing environment to enable every child to fulfil their potential. In their competition entry, they wrote that their current library space is inflexible, doesn’t allow for quiet reading and cannot be accessed
by parents with their children. The school impressed the judges with their exciting ideas for the larger and brighter location for their new library which will become a key location for author visits, workshops and literacy-themed holiday clubs to support
and develop reading throughout the school and the wider community.
As well as the library makeover, Sandal Primary School will receive advice and staff training from the School Library Association to ensure its new reading space becomes an example for other schools across the country to learn from.