Ormiston Meadows Academy welcomes Peterborough United star to open library

Pupils and teachers at Ormiston Meadows Academy were joined by Peterborough United star, Gwion Edwards, for the official opening of their new library.

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The new library has been jointly funded by Ormiston Trust, which founded the academy’s sponsor, Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), the Foyle Foundation, and local insurance agency, BGL. The library was also developed with guidance from Peter’s, the specialist school book company. The new build boasts a stimulating new range of books which link to the academy’s reading scheme, and many of the books were donated by staff at BGL.

Students will have a scheduled weekly opportunity to explore the various books on offer and share with each other their favourite stories. The building will also be used for after-school story clubs.

Sam Davenport, the academy’s School Business Manager, and a huge fan of Peterborough United Football Club (POSH), was keen to reach out to the local community to celebrate this fantastic milestone with the school.

Sam was delighted to hear back from Gwion Edwards, current Peterborough United midfielder, who was honoured to officially mark the new building open, alongside Amy Martin from the Women and Girls department, and the Posh mascot Peter Burrow.

Gwion was able to meet with the students, and signed autographs and posed for pictures, and as an added extra, the academy was given free tickets for all of the pupils to attend a forthcoming fixture.

To add to the academy’s commitment to an on-going annual investment of £1500 per year into the library, Kelly Moore, the academy’s Vice Principal, completed the Great Eastern Run this weekend in an effort to raise money for more books and the creation of an art gallery in the old library area.

The new library at Ormiston Meadows Academy is part of a wider OAT-funded project at the school which, once complete, will provide a fantastic new nursery space for up to 52 children aged between 2 and 4 years of age. This will be run by Ormiston Families, a charity who works in close partnership with Ormiston Trust.

Gwion Edwards said:

"It was great to be able to officially open the new library at the academy and meet so many of the polite kids. Hopefully we can see some of the youngsters at a forthcoming game at the ABAX Stadium."

Jean Watt, Principal of Ormiston Meadows Primary Academy, said:

"We are pleased to unveil our new library which will enhance our pupils’ enjoyment of reading. We are looking forward to using this valuable resource to ignite a lifelong love of reading in all our pupils.

"We would like to thank the Foyle Foundation, BGL, and Ormiston Trust for their grants which have enabled our school to create this facility."