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Young bookworms celebrate opening of new school library

Published on 16/05/16

Book-mad pupils at Norwich Primary Academy have a new haven today, after the official opening of their new library.

Children's author Wes Magee joined pupils at the school to celebrate the new building, which is part of a £120,000 package of improvements.

As well as opening the library, Mr Magee also led a whole school assembly featuring his popular poems Stroke The Cat and Boneyard Rap, and writing workshops for Year 2 and Year 6 pupils.

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Some of the pupils read out their own poems inspired by the workshop during the library opening ceremony.

Mr Magee then read to pupils inside the new library, reciting his poem Start Right Here about the pleasure of books.

The new library is one of a number of recent improvements to the school, that also saw offices reconfigured as classroom spaces to provide more targeted lessons.

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Principal Tessa Holledge said: "We had a library before which was very popular but it often got used as an additional space for teaching.

"By moving things around we now have extra teaching space plus a dedicated library that is open at lunchtime and breaks for children to come and enjoy.

"We are very proud of the improvements we have made since becoming an academy, with 75% of pupils now going to high school with good reading, writing, and maths, up from less than a third before. We hope the new library will help us do even better for our pupils."