|From left to right: Two Year 8 pupils, Author GP Taylor and two Year 7 pupils |
Following recent completion of a year-long re-development programme, on Friday 11 March Edgbaston High School welcomed a renowned children’s author to officially open its new library.
GP Taylor, who found fame with his best-selling children’s book ‘Shadowmancer’, presided over the opening ceremony and hosted a programme of events at the school to celebrate the completion.
Throughout the course of the day Senior School pupils participated in Drama and English workshops led by members of the teaching staff and a master class in the art of creative writing, led by GP Taylor himself. Pupils also attended a book-signing in the newly-extended library space and received specially commissioned EHS book bags filled with goodies to commemorate the occasion.
Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress, said the improvements to the library were a reflection of the needs of the school’s pupils:
“The new library is now almost double its original size with dedicated research and fiction sections as well as a fully equipped ITC suite. We are honoured to welcome GP Taylor to officially open our library; his presence at School has been an inspiration to both pupils and staff.”
Extension of the library forms one part of a recently completed £3.5 million re-development programme to improve facilities that commenced in January 2010. In addition to the library the façade of Edgbaston High School has been transformed to accommodate a new Sixth Form Centre with the addition of five new specialist classrooms and a new Fitness Suite and Reception.