College Library Long Listed For Inspiration Award

Princethorpe College is pleased to announce that it is one of only five schools nationally that have made it through to the long list for the School Library Association’s 2017 Inspiration Award.

The SLA judges are now visiting each of the long listed schools, talking to staff and students and inspecting facilities before a short list is announced towards the end of term.

Our opportunity to impress them came on Wednesday 3 May when we welcomed the SLA Inspiration Award National Judges, Dawn Woods and Geoff Dubber into school to inspect and evaluate our Sixth Form Learning Resource Centre.

The School Libraries Association Inspiration Award is designed to reward innovation and creativity, it is given to the school library space that shows inspiration and resourcefulness in its library design and use, or through the creative use of specific products or promotions. The judges are less concerned with how big the school library space is, but rather with what it has achieved with the available resources and the challenges it faces.

Celia commented, “Careful consideration had been given to the aesthetic design and layout of the Sixth Form Learning Resource Centre at Princethorpe. Our aim was to create a place where young people want to learn, and have the environment and resources to support them. We believe our dedicated Sixth Form Learning Resource facility makes a difference to the learning lives of our students, and that is worth celebrating!”

On the day the judges met with Sixth Form teaching colleagues including Helen Pascoe-Williams, Steph Hawkins, Michael Reddish, Cyprian Vella and Fionnuala Schofield to discuss the impact of the new resource on their teaching and learning. They also met with Sixth Form students, Sophie Rejali, James Thompson, Laura Humphreys, Amy Cook, Alana Eckland and Nick Bonsall to discuss their perspectives on the new Resource Area and to gain an insight on how it is being used by them. Finally, the judges spoke with Celia Scott to collect further information to help them consider our application.

The winning school will be announced in the Autumn at a celebration day where all the shortlisted schools have the chance to showcase their school library designs.

The Inspiration Award takes place biennially with prizes awarded in both primary and secondary sectors.