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Bingham: Outdoor library created at Archbishop Cranmer Primary Academy, Aslockton, as part of Mental Health Awareness Week




An outdoor library was created at a school as part of Mental Health Awareness Week, writes Cameron Rutherford.

The library was up-cycled from a former kennel donated to Archbishop Cranmer Primary Academy, Aslockton.

It was repainted, fitted with shelves, wallpapered with recycled blinds and also includes a solar panel for sustainable lighting.

Outdoor reading library at Archbishop Cranmer School. Left to right: Evie Cresswell, 10, Evie White, 10, Lola Blackmore, 10, Nottingham Trent University fourth year student, Rachel Kelly.
Outdoor reading library at Archbishop Cranmer School. Left to right: Evie Cresswell, 10, Evie White, 10, Lola Blackmore, 10, Nottingham Trent University fourth year student, Rachel Kelly.

Most of the work was carried out by caretaker Allen Gibson and trainee teacher Rachel Kelly, a student at Nottingham Trent University.

“We are a school that believes in the power of reading,” said deputy head and reading lead Lauren Rogers.

“We can’t wait for the children to enjoy a book outdoors, reaping the benefits of the sunshine, fresh air and nature in conjunction with our outdoor learning area.

“It will be excellent for health and wellbeing while promoting growing a love for reading and helping to maintain excellent reading scores.

“The children are so excited about the library. They have already earmarked the books they want to read first.”

The library will be used by pupils at break times and the school’s ‘reading for pleasure’ times.

It was the idea of environmental and wellbeing ambassadors of the school’s Pupil Parliament.

Pupil Evie Cresswell said: “I am so excited to start reading outside and proud to have created a mindful area that is eco-friendly.”

It will compliment the school’s outdoor learning area created by staff, parents and volunteers.



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