Gateacre School shortlisted for the Tes Schools Awards 2019

Gateacre School has been shortlisted for the Community and Collaboration award for its community venture, The BIG Little Library by Gateacre School at the Tes Schools Awards 2019.

The BIG Little Library (BLL) by Gateacre School celebrated its third year in March 2019, having now served over 55,000 customers and given away over 63,500 books for free.

The BLL has been described as a social hub for the community after the school were given a shop unit for free by Belle Vale Shopping Centre with the one instruction – Do what you want as long as it’s to do with literacy!

All the books are free to take and do not have to be returned, but customers are encouraged to pass books on, or donate books to the BLL for others to enjoy.

Tes editor Ann Mroz said: “It is wonderful to see such great ideas and excellent practice emerging from our schools and teachers, especially at a time when schools are under financial pressure.

“We had a record number of entries this year and the standard was very high, so all those shortlisted should be very proud: it’s an extraordinary achievement to be on this shortlist”.

The winners will be revealed at our gala awards evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Friday 21 June.

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