Sefton Park’s new library weaves its magic

January 30 2017

Sefton Park School have opened a new School Library which has been part funded by PTA fundraising and provides a magical environment for children to learn and study.

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Sefton Park School have opened a new School Library which has been part funded by PTA fundraising and provides a magical environment for children to learn and study.

 Deputy Headteacher Dan Simson said: “The theme of the library was decided by the children - it is 'Potter and Magic'. The library is adorned with broomsticks, wizards and fairies and the creative design using astroturf makes it feel like a magical outdoors world. 

“The children are thrilled to be using it. One excited Year 6 pupil declared: “It's the most amazing library ever.” The Year 6's have formed a committee and the library will be used for borrowing books and hosting book club events. 

“We are very grateful to our school PTA for funding it and for the wonderful Stephen Fowey for his creative design and expert carpentry.”

Stephen Forrey provides bespoke carpentry through his company, Forrey Woodworks, www.forreywoodworks.com. He explained the process:

“We developed a design which has different levels for the kids to work at as well as areas for group and solo reading. The brief was for plenty of storage but with something a little extra. They showed me some of the classrooms which have different themes to suit parts of the curriculum such as an air raid shelter, and I was encouraged to think out of the box. 

“The design will lend itself to different themes throughout its life. Initially the theme that the kids suggested was ‘magic and potter’ so some of the inspiration has come from that, such as the story pod which the kids call the hamster wheel which could be a quiddich goal. However the school were also keen to make sure it wasn’t something that would go out of fashion over time so we didn’t zero in on the theme too much.”

Stephen was keen to make sure the shelves and furniture would be strong enough to last up to the rigours of school life- there is no chipboard used in the construction and the shelves are all melamine faced plywood which is far stronger than mdf and will be much better at holding the weight of all those books. 

“I’m really pleased with the end result and I hope it will be a fun environment for the kids to learn in. I have also worked with Hillcrest School on their library and have enjoyed both projects immensely,” he added.