New school library dedicated to memory of former student

Oscar Nichols, former student at The Winns Primary School in Walthamstow, died aged 12 last year

The new library (credit: The Winns Primary School)

A Walthamstow primary school has turned its library “into a literary wonderland” to honour the memory of a student who died last year.

The Winns Primary School in Fleeming Road transformed the space over the Easter holidays with the help of staff and parent volunteers.

They wanted to inspire future students to enjoy what was “a place of sanctuary and joy” for Oscar Nichols, who sadly died at age 12 after a long illness.

Oscar’s parents, Sarah and Cass, said their son “loved being part of Winns Primary and spent a lot of time in the library”.

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They added: “We are really proud that his memory will live on as part of the library refurbishment, he was a great lover of nature so would definitely have approved of the theme. We are grateful to the school and the parent project team for all their hard work.”

Headteacher Fiona Judge added: “The space has been transformed into a beautiful room that will be enjoyed by our children for years to come.

“Developing a love for reading is a huge priority for us at The Winns. Having this magical space will really help us to make sure that our children discover the joy of reading and develop a real passion for books.”

The make-over was made possible through fundraising by the school’s parent/teacher association, which organised a month-long Readathon and book fair.

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