College Library Shortlisted for Inspiration Award

Princethorpe College is delighted to announce that it is one of only six secondary schools that have made it through to the shortlist for the School Library Association’s 2017 Inspiration Award.

The 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.

Earlier in the year the College welcomed the SLA Inspiration Award National Judges, Dawn Woods and Geoff Dubber, into school to inspect and evaluate its Sixth Form Learning Resource Centre. The judges met with Sixth Form teaching staff to discuss the impact of the new resource on their teaching and learning and they also met with Sixth Form students to discuss their perspective on the Resource Centre. Lastly, the judges spoke with College Librarian, Celia Scott, to help them consider the College’s application.

Celia Scott comments, ‘Much consideration went into the design and layout of the Sixth Form Learning Resource Centre at Princethorpe. Our aim was to create a place where young people would 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 are delighted that the judges do too.’

The shortlist was announced on 4 September, and the winning school will be chosen on Monday 2 October in an awards ceremony in Covent Garden, London. All of the shortlisted schools will have the chance to showcase their school library designs before the final decision is made.

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

Helen Stephenson
Princethorpe College, Rugby