Holcombe Grammar School Opens New Library

Holcombe Grammar School Opens New Library

Holcombe Grammar School (HGS) in Chatham is delighted to announce the opening of their new school library, officially opened by celebrated children’s author Tom Palmer.

The school marked the grand opening of the fantastic new library facility, with an unveiling attended by pupils, staff and members of the local community, as well as guest of honour, author Tom Palmer.

Staff and students at HGS began the process of creating a library over the summer break, to provide a valuable and important resource for students and enrich their learning at the school. They found a suitable space within the school and worked with local Medway libraries and businesses to source the books – both fiction and non-fiction.

The library will also serve as a hub of student activity at the school and will host clubs, student exhibitions and events.

HGS are still looking for donations of books and students and staff are engaging in a range of fundraising activities to support the library. Members of the teaching staff will take part in the National Literacy Trusts’, Where’s Wally 10K in the Olympic Park in London, in March 2020 to raise additional funds.

The library opening comes at an exciting time for the school, which was recently accredited by the University of Exeter as a “Thinking School”, where staff “actively seek out opportunities to continuously drive improvements in learning and teaching”.


John Still, Literacy Coordinator at Holcombe Grammar School, said:

“Reading for pleasure is a crucial part of learning – if we start here then students will begin to read freely for other purposes. Our intention with this new library was to create a space where students have choice and opportunities to read all around them, as well as a place to reflect on what they have read and learnt.

“By engaging students in the project and the wider community, we have built a library that is set to grow and one that we hope will become a resource that unlocks other worlds for our students.”

Mandy Gage, Director of Education, Chatham, Thinking Schools Academy Trust said:

“We are absolutely delighted with the new library and I know that students and staff are eager to put it to good use. This project was a fantastic team effort and I would like to congratulate everyone involved – staff, students and the wider community – for achieving such a fantastic end-result.

“It was also great to welcome author Tom Palmer to HGS to celebrate this achievement and to inspire students to pursue a love of reading and engage with literature, which is so critical to expanding their cultural capital”.

Stuart Gardner, Chief Executive Officer, Thinking Schools Academy Trust, said:

“The new library is a fantastic addition to the campus at Holcombe Grammar School and will be a hugely valuable resource for students, helping to enhance their learning and providing a space to engage in extracurricular and enrichment activities, allowing them to develop broader life skills and their cultural capital. My thanks go to everyone at the school for their hard work and dedication, which ensured that this project was such a resounding success.”