Since 2014, we have been working with Heathmere Primary School in Roehampton on a variety of projects, getting involved where we can to get children reading and support the wonderful work of the Heathmere teachers.
Heathmere is located in the middle of the Alton Estate and when we first started working together, it did not have a school library. To help encourage a love of reading at the school and provide a regular supply of engaging books, we teamed up with Little Free Libraries to build a mini network of libraries at the school.
“At Heathmere Primary School, we are passionate about reading. We want to give our children every possible opportunity to pick up a book, open a page and get lost in a story. Developing a love of books and encouraging children to read for pleasure is at the heart of everything we do.” Ben Cooper, Deputy Headteacher
From setting up a Breakfast Book Club, helping set up two Little Free Libraries in the playground, and helping them establish and stock a library within the school, it has been a pleasure to see a school so determined to build an environment for children to discover and enjoy reading. We also supported a Pop-Up project at Heathmere, and have provided book gifts for Year 5 and 6 pupils and school leavers.
In June 2018, we were delighted to provide books and bags for the first Roehampton Reads Festival, which took place at Heathmere School. With a great line-up of events, including talks from Neal Zetter, Kes Gray, Swapna Haddow and many more, it was lovely to see children enjoying this festival of words, stories and books. Find out more here.