Estate Agent Donates Books to School Library

St. Mary’s Preparatory School are celebrating a new partnership with local business Philip Booth Esq Estate Agents, and enjoying a new investment in their school library.

Working with Rosie Wilkinson, Head of English at the school and The Bell Bookshop, they have purchased a broad range of books that are more diverse and inclusive with titles that include My Name is Not Refugee, I am not a Label and An ABC of Equality.

Rosie said, “I am delighted to be working with Phil and Emma to extend our library provision.  We love to offer our children the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of books, from classics such as Roald Dahl or Michael Morpurgo to more recent favourites including Abi Elphinstone and Malala Yousafzai.  We are really pleased to have been able to diversify our range of books, to ensure that our children see all types of families, cultures and beliefs represented.”

Rob Harmer, Headmaster said “We are very grateful to Phil Booth and Emma Vanstone-Booth for their generous donation to our school library.  It is fantastic to be working in partnership with a local business, and former St. Mary’s parents! At St. Mary’s, our children are supported to become independent readers from an early age.  It is wonderful to see them develop a passion for reading, firing their imagination and supporting their own creative writing.”

The school has an extensive library, with a wide range of books for children of all ages, from the youngest learners in reception to the oldest children in Year 6.  The pupils are encouraged to access the library regularly, and the younger children enjoy time reading with their Year 6 buddies.

Phil Booth commented, “I know that nothing beats the simple pleasure of curling up with a good book and losing yourself in the story, and it’s so important to start that from an early age. We are keen supporters of our local schools and Emma and I have very fond memories of St. Mary’s – our daughter Isabella attended from Nursery to Year 6 and we simply cannot say enough good words about the school. It was our pleasure to be asked to help the school to inspire another generation of readers, and to support The Bell Bookshop in the process.  Looking after local businesses and local schools has never been more important.”

Pupil, Amaya said, “I’m looking forward to reading the The Last Bear and The Girl Who Drank the Moon.  They both sound interesting from the blurb I’ve read on the back and once I’ve read The Last Bear I will creating a poster for the library wall.