First Minister Nicola Sturgeon saw how Bridge of Allan Primary is becoming an outstanding reading school when she opened its new Literacy Lounge last night (Thursday).
Nicola Sturgeon vists Bridge of Allan Primary

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he modern facility is equipped with digital technology, such as Chromebooks, iPads and Kindles, along with a wide range of reading material. 

It’s an important part of the school’s vision to foster a love of reading among pupils, address a general decline in reading habits and develop their literacy skills.

Children at the school have played a central role in planning and organising activities related to improving literacy, which have included visits from authors and a ‘book tasting’ event with support from Bridge of Allan Library. 

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “It was a privilege to join pupils, parents and staff at the opening of the new Literacy Lounge at Bridge of Allan Primary School. It is a fantastic resource for the school and everyone involved in the project, especially the children who have played a big part in the design of the space, should be proud of their work.

“I’ve loved reading from an early age and some of my happiest childhood memories involve immersing myself in stories. Reading opens up a whole new world of adventure and fun for children and also helps develop and improve their literacy. I have no doubt the new Literacy Lounge will inspire pupils for years to come.”

The project took one year to complete from its inception, with P1 teacher at the school, Suzanne Ferry, playing an instrumental role. 

Other staff, pupils and the wider school community, including the Parents and Teacher Association (PTA) were also involved in a number of fundraising activities and in raising awareness of the new library space. 

Funding was secured from Stirling Council Community Fund, New Park Educational Trust, Bridge Of Allan Community Magazine and Ernest Cook Trust. 

Bridge of Allan Primary Headteacher, Lyndsay Macnair, said: “As a school we recognise the advantages of reading for enjoyment, not just for academic achievement, and this inspired us to drive this project forward.

“We knew that we needed a more creative and engaging physical space to help our children become enthusiastic readers and we have ensured that the importance, joy and benefits of becoming a lifelong reader are embedded in our curriculum.

“We are delighted the First Minister has come along to open our Literacy Lounge, and it’s been fantastic to see how the children have already embraced the new space, which will hopefully encourage them to become lifelong readers.” 

Councillor Susan McGill, Convener of Stirling Council’s Children and Young People Committee, said: “The opening of the Literacy Lounge is a fantastic story for the school and a huge well done to the staff and wider school community for bringing this project to life.

“This innovative learning space will be hugely beneficial in the development of the children’s literacy skills which will help them achieve positive outcomes and become responsible citizens.”

Picture shows First Minister Nicola Sturgeon with pupils and staff at Bridge of Allan Primary, along with Stirling Council Chief Executive (Interim) Carol Beattie and Cllr Susan McGill, in the school's new Literacy Lounge.