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A Haverhill school has opened a new library - with new resources - as part of its mission to raise the profile of reading.

Having been accepted onto the National Literacy Trust’s Rewarding Futures project, Place Farm Primary Academy was then selected as a flagship school to be awarded a brand-new library installation and a wealth of new resources to share with the pupils.

With the new library now in use at the Camps Road school, Emily Jenkins, Place Farm's reading lead, said: "It’s been such an exciting project to be part of this year.

Place Farm Primary Academy's new library being used by, from left: Samantha Brassington, Place Farm librarian, Emily Jenkins, reading lead at Place Farm, Suzanne Stevenson, project manager at Get Suffolk Reading and Vandna Verma, National Literacy Trust project manager, school programmes (Suffolk and Essex)
Place Farm Primary Academy's new library being used by, from left: Samantha Brassington, Place Farm librarian, Emily Jenkins, reading lead at Place Farm, Suzanne Stevenson, project manager at Get Suffolk Reading and Vandna Verma, National Literacy Trust project manager, school programmes (Suffolk and Essex)

"As a result of our application, we have been provided with brand new shelving, seating and accessories to renovate our library space.

"We wanted a calm and relaxing space for children to enjoy and feel that we’ve really achieved this, thanks to the project."

Lisa McConnell, the school's deputy headteacher, explained: “This project is part of a wider initiative by the school to raise the profile of reading.

Place Farm Primary Academy pupils using the new library. Contributed picture
Place Farm Primary Academy pupils using the new library. Contributed picture

"We actively participate in the Get Suffolk Reading initiative and have invested heavily in our reading provision: appointing librarians, investing in resources and exposing our pupils to a wonderful range of diverse new books as part of the project.

"All of our classes visit the library regularly and children are free to use this space in their free time.

"It is wonderful to see the children exploring such a wide range of wonderful literature and speaking so confidently about the books they have read.”