Langney Primary School in Eastbourne will enjoy a set of 70 brand new children’s books and specially designed bookshelves for the new school year.
The school is one of 70 primary schools across the UK to be gifted the books by six literacy-focused organisations in celebration of Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall’s 70th birthday earlier this year.
The Duchess of Cornwall is passionate about children’s literacy and is Patron of the charities and organisations involved in the Duchess’s Bookshelves project - the National Literacy Trust, Beanstalk, BookTrust, First Story, Roald Dahl Literary Estate* and the Wicked Young Writer Awards.
Langney Primary School was nominated by the National Literacy Trust for their engaged approach to the charity's flagship project, Premier League Reading Stars, which is now part of the Premier League Primary Stars programme.
The 70 titles for the Duchess’s Bookshelves were chosen after primary schools across the country nominated the books they love and would like to give as a present. The list includes a wide range to suit all ages and interests – from classics like A Bear Called Paddington and Matilda to new titles including Gangsta Granny and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The books have been kindly donated by publishers.
HRH The Duchess of Cornwall was presented with a set of the 70 books on the special bookshelves at a garden party at Clarence House in July, joined by top children’s authors Malorie Blackman, Lauren Child, Cressida Cowell, Charlie Higson, David Walliams and Jacqueline Wilson.
Many of the books are included in key sponsor Renaissance Learning’s Accelerated Reader programme, which tests pupils’ reading comprehension with fun, motivational quizzes. The specially-designed bookshelves were donated by Peters.
National Literacy Trust Director Jonathan Douglas said, “Our Patron HRH The Duchess of Cornwall is passionate about children’s literacy, so what better way to celebrate this milestone birthday than by helping more children to discover the joys of reading. We hope the Duchess's Bookshelves will inspire even more pupils at Langney Primary School to enjoy reading and read more widely, which our research shows has an important impact on their attainment.”
Pupil Premium Officer at Langney Primary School Oli Stevens said, “When the boxes arrived and we began unwrapping, we were blown away with the quality and quantity of the books and bookshelf we received. We originally put the books into the staff room, but the teachers couldn't keep their hands off the books and all wanted them for their own classrooms! They have now been moved it into our main reception area for parents and children to borrow. Thank you so much for this incredibly generous gift. We feel well and truly blessed to receive it.”