The Enchanted Forest-themed library at Cordwalles School has been a big hit with pupils since it opened, but recently it won praise from a very different quarter after it was featured on the education section of the Guardian newspaper's website, in a photo gallery of inspirational school libraries around the world.
Subtitled 'a look at inventive spaces to get children excited about books', the school's astroturfed library, complete with fairy toadstool-type seating, was featured alongside pictures of radical modern architecture and designs from as far away as Los Angeles and Melbourne. The room was described as: 'having a magical feel, with a working water feature and birdsong sound effects'.
Head teacher Daryl Power said he was thrilled at such an acknowledgement for the efforts the school had made to inspire children's desire to learn. "We put a lot of effort into giving the school a makeover last year, so to be recognised in this way is a wonderful surprise and something in which everyone associated with the school should take huge pride," he said.
"A national newspaper has looked all around the world for the most inspiring designs, and one of them is in our school - that's a huge honour, and has put Cordwalles on the map in a spectacular way. Since the article, we have been contacted by schools and children’s organisations from around the country asking how we transformed our library and it is so exciting to think we might be having an impact in other children’s lives"
"I hope it sends out the message that education isn't just about books and lessons, it's about stimulating children's brains in any way you can. That's certainly what we're trying to do here, and it's a great feeling to know that it's been acknowledged."
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