Hungerford School library opened by Bear Grylls and author Gill Hornby

Hungerford School library opened by world famous author and TV star Bear Grylls is one of Britain’s best.

A HUNGERFORD school library has been hailed as one of Britain’s best as it celebrates its first year anniversary.  John O’Gaunt’s £1.5 million Library was opened by Bear Grylls and author Gill Hornby a year ago, in the same year as students achieved record-breaking GCSE results.
With an abundance of natural light, thousands of new books, and a passion and encouragement to be the heartbeat of the school, the library is going from strength to strength.

Students are delighted to have such an inspirational centre where they can resource their studies, lives and even future careers.
Student Ciaran Morrison, aged 14, said: “This library is amazing. It not only is the place where we can read, find books and use the computers, but allows us to be creative and innovative and to even develop our careers. We also have a giant interactive TV that is well used.”

Librarian Nicola Chester, who started just over a year ago, said:

“This school is magnificent and the new library has been a massive boost to our aspirations as a school.

“Reading is central in cultivating independent learning skills – sought after by employers, colleges and universities alike. Enthusiastic readers achieve better results across all areas of the curriculum, whatever their level.

“Libraries have never been more important in the digital information age. ‘Knowledge’ is just a few clicks away. School libraries are vital in teaching students to filter, research and learn with confidence. In fact, Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell, urges parents to ‘compare the libraries of the schools they are considering, rather than look at league tables’.”

At JOG last summer 65% of students achieved A* to C in English and Maths, with 60% securing 5 A*-C grades including English and maths, representing a huge jump of 18% per cent on last year.  A stunning 79% achieved A*-C in English, and 72% in maths, while in English 77% of students made expected progress and in maths the figure was 74%.