Yaxley school is all aboard for new bus library

Pupils at Fourfields Primary School, Yaxley, have designed artwork on their new library bus. Pictured are Riley Morgan, Lauren Smith, Molly Stone, James Steele, Luke Farnham, Lily Wren and headteacher Sue Blyth EMN-151205-222509009
Pupils at Fourfields Primary School, Yaxley, have designed artwork on their new library bus. Pictured are Riley Morgan, Lauren Smith, Molly Stone, James Steele, Luke Farnham, Lily Wren and headteacher Sue Blyth EMN-151205-222509009
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It’s full speed ahead for an innovative new primary school library which is being created inside a double decker bus.

Children at Fourfields Community Primary School in Yaxley cannot wait to get inside their new library which is being donated by Stagecoach.

Pupils at Fourfields Primary School, Yaxley have designed artwork on their new library bus. EMN-151205-222250009

Pupils at Fourfields Primary School, Yaxley have designed artwork on their new library bus. EMN-151205-222250009

The excited youngsters have already drawn up designs for their new reading space and will soon be taken to London to pitch their ideas to Create Design.

The company will then use the drawings to create a design for the library which will be used in its redevelopment.

The library is set to officially open in the autumn term.

The idea came from the school’s assistant head teacher Lucy Hewerdine and teacher Rachael Davis after a meeting early last year where they overheard someone say they used a bus for a library.

Lucy said: “We thought that would be cool for us but it’s only this year that we said let’s go for it.

“We’ve never done anything like this before.

“But reading for pleasure for our children is massively on our agenda. We want to engage them.

“This is a bit quirky and you can imagine them running up to the double decker.”

After getting the go ahead from headteacher Sue Blyth, Lucy was soon contacting Stagecoach and was “shocked and delighted” to hear a month ago that the company would donate an out-of-service bus to the school.

The bus is being delivered one day next week and will eventually be put on a field by the playground.

The school already does a lot to promote reading, including reading weeks and bedtime story events.

It now hopes to have the new library ready to open in September.

Lucy said: “Every child has been invited to put ideas down. We’ve had 420 designs for the bus.

“In June, six children whose designs show real flair will go to London to present their ideas. The children are really excited about this.”

The school is expecting to use one floor of the bus for books while the other would be used as a quiet reading area.

Some of the design ideas include putting the spines of books or photos of well known book characters on the outside of the bus and having tents inside.

Before then the school’s parents’ association, the Friends of Fourfields, aim to raise £10,000 to go towards the conversion of the bus which will include furniture and paintwork.

Lucy added: “I would like to thank the overwhelming generosity of Stagecoach and Create Design to donate their time and expertise.”

Bob Dennison, engineering director for Stagecoach East, said: “We are happy to assist and contribute to such a great community cause to improve literacy. It was an easy decision to hand over the bus.”