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The Evolving School / episode 1

The school is constantly adapting and changing to fit its needs. Today we explore the movements of library over the years..

The school library is a critical part of any child's school journey. A lot of us discover our favourite genres, authors and interests while at primary school. I know everyone has memories of exploring their school library and reading the classics like Biff and Chip or Horrible Histories.

The library at Langland's has had quite the journey itself. Take a look and see if you remember which one your library was...


We reckon these photos were taking in the late 90s or early 00s, from looking at the size of the computer! During this period the library was above the Dining Room, with one classroom next to it. Now, this room is both a Science Lab and another classroom.









In 2002, Mrs Yule took over from Mr Bonner as Head. During her time as Headmistress, she made several changes to the school site, including the opening of the new Junior Library. The new library was built in what was formerly the attic and where originally, some individual music lessons took place. The new space created a large working area for the Junior school as well as the addition of another classroom. The building of this library was completed in 2007 and opened by the writer, Adèle Geras. it was an extremely exciting addition to the school and became a very well-loved area.

In recent years, the children have been able to use their i-Pads and laptops in the space, and continue to take books out and have library lessons. The space was the perfect quiet spot which gave children the opportunity to fall in love with literature and reading.













In 2020, the pandemic hit. The way school's had always worked, changed. Through the different restrictions put in place by the government as well as an increase in the number of staff and pupils, the school needed to adapt to the new COVID ways and its continuing growth. It was decided that Infants, Lower Juniors and Upper Juniors would need their own separate workspaces and library. The Junior Library was moved again. 

In the summer of 2021, the library for the Junior School moved downstairs. Its new room is what some of you may remember as the Management suite or even the mystery room next to Mr Kent's old classroom. It has been fitted with a beautiful window seat for independent reading and plenty of room for group work.

It's exciting to watch Lady Barn grow and change...and we can't wait to see what comes next!

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