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‘It was worth the wait’ – new chapter for West Row Academy's library bus




When a library bus returned to a primary school after being decorated, one pupil’s verdict of the eye-catching design summed it up best – ‘it was worth the wait’.

The West Row Academy bus sports an amalgamation of concepts created by pupils and put together by graphic designer Tom Rowley.

Amelia Back, Key Stage Two leader, said: “I’m really pleased with it and I can’t quite believe the designs are such a match to the children’s.

Pupils and staff at West Row Academy with the newly decorated library bus. Picture: Mecha Morton.
Pupils and staff at West Row Academy with the newly decorated library bus. Picture: Mecha Morton.

“It looks exactly how we wanted it to look.

“The children loved it and one of the Year 1 children said ‘that was worth the wait’.

“It was a really lovely moment on Friday morning when the bus came back.

“They couldn’t believe it had started to come together.”

The bus aims to create an inspiring reading area for pupils as there is not enough space for a library in the main school building, in Beeches Road.

The school bought the bus about two years ago and has been fund-raising to decorate and furnish it with money from Tesco Bags of Help, Waitrose and Persimmon Homes.

Children entered a design competition and the school submitted elements of different concepts for Mr Rowley to work with before it was sent to R H Bodyworks in Eye.

It also draws on pupils’ ambition to incorporate literary characters including Mr Men, Harry Potter, Spot the Dog, The Cat in the Hat, Where’s Wally, The Grinch, The BFG as well as Dennis the Menace and Captain Underpants.

We wanted to create an inspiring reading space for the children that could be used throughout the day to promote the love for reading - Amelia Back

The school aims to complete the bus before the summer holidays and is appealing for help to paint the inside.

Soft furnishings such as padded seats and bean bags are also needed.

“There’s a few shelves and things inside,” Miss Back said.

“We’ve got a carpenter who’s ordering the supplies but we’re looking for carpets, we still need to put a library system in, we need to paint and decorate the inside and we still have some electrics to fit.”

Miss Back added: “We wanted to create an inspiring reading space for the children that could be used throughout the day to promote the love for reading.

“In today’s world where they’re on iPads and things, the love for reading has dropped a little bit so we wanted to promote it in school.”

They are considering opening the bus for a couple of evenings after school and during holidays.

Anyone who can help, should contact Amelia Back on 01638 715680.



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