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The UK’s most inspiring school library

What makes the perfect school library? Emma Lee-Potter speaks to the secondary winner of this year’s School Library Inspiration Award to find out

Modern, sophisticated, with an immediate sense of space and light. These were just a few of the words the judges of a prestigious award used to describe the state-of-the-art library at Valley Park School in Maidstone, Kent.

The judging panel for the School Library Inspiration Award 2015 was so impressed by Valley Park’s stunning library that it named the school as the joint winner of the prize, along with All Saints Primary School in Stibbard, Norfolk.

A team from Valley Park – headteacher Vic Ashdown, assistant headteacher Aoife Houlihan, librarian Fay Holmes, year 12 student Harry Harding and year 10 pupils Josie Biggs and Kyle Siwek – travelled to London earlier this month to collect the award at a ceremony hosted by the School Library Association at the Royal Society of Arts.

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