Whyteleafe School received recognition for its inspiring educational environment when it finished runner-up in a competition to find the country’s inspirational school library.
Whyteleafe was shortlisted alongside primary schools from Northumberland,
West Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire in the competition organised by the
School Library Association.
Although it missed out on winning the top prize, school librarian Wilma
Baugh did win a runner’s-up prize of a £100 voucher from award-winning
writer and illustrator Chris Riddell at the ceremony at London’s Hotel
The School Library Association said the award was in recognition of ‘showing
inspiration, innovation, creativity and resourcefulness in design… what
matters is not how big the library is, but what is achieved with the
“This is something that everyone associated with the school can feel really
proud,” said Whyteleafe head teacher Anthony Marsh.
“The children’s physical environment can have a huge impact on their ability
to learn, so such high-profile endorsement of what we’re doing at Whyteleafe
is a sign that we’ve definitely made the right choices.
"Mrs Baugh has worked brilliantly to build somewhere which makes learning a
more enjoyable experience for everyone involved – and as a result we now
have an extra £100 worth of books as well. In this situation, everyone wins”
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