St Thomas More Primary School

Emma Fox - Acorn Book Club, Brendan Kennedy - Manager, Acorn Lewisham

It began with the simple idea of having an ABC book drop in a local family friendly coffee shop and ended with local primary school St Thomas More receiving a brand new library proudly created and stocked by Acorn Book Club.

Laura Collins, the Headteacher at the school, saw the bookcases in the coffee shop and was keen to find out more about ABC and whether they could get help with a space that has long been neglected. Following a tour around the school the ABC team could see the potential of the space and were delighted to offer to help.

Over the space of the next 2 months the room was gutted, redecorated, redesigned and fully stocked with books to appeal to children from nursery all the way through to year 6. ABC worked to the brief provided by the children and the ‘St Thomas More Park Library’ was born with a trees and nature theme. ABC even commissioned a renowned movie and TV set builder to create a bespoke archway to separate the early years and KS1 library from the older years.

The community pulled together on this project with book donations from members of the general public coming in via the coffee shop and the local branch of Acorn ending up on the shelves of the new library.

ABC is proud to have been able to provide the children at this lovely underfunded primary school with an inspiring vibrant space in which they can immerse themselves in reading.

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One pupil told James Clow (The Acorn Group)...
‘The Reading Nook is going to make school ten times better!’
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Books selected by Tales on Moon Lane
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“Acorn book club have been a dream to work with, since the moment I met the team everything has been seamless. We have been able to work together, collaborate, they listen to our ideas and our vision has really come to light”
Mrs L Collins
Head Teacher - St Thomas More Catholic Primary School
“Acorn book club have been a dream to work with, since the moment I met the team everything has been seamless. We have been able to work together, collaborate, they listen to our ideas and our vision has really come to light”
Mrs L Collins
Head Teacher - St Thomas More Catholic Primary School
Partners on this project...
London Dreamtime

ABC's first choice when it comes to entertaining children. It was the same on this project and Vanessa didn't dissapoint.

Olivbells Creations

A well renowned film and TV set design company. When we shared our vision for the design with them they were only too pleased to help.

Taste Coffee Shop

Where it all began. Kate enabled the community links that introduced ABC to St Thomas More school and the rest, as they say, is history.

Tales on Moon Lane, Herne Hill

An independent bookshop owned by the lovely Kathlyn. ABC's go-to shop to source diverse & inclusive literature for school library projects.

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The Acorn Book Club is a UK Registered Charity (1184137) run by The Acorn Group. Financial Donations are tax exempt and gift aid can be claimed.