Teachers and Librarians

In 2016 we funded an opportunity for schools and groups who work with disadvantaged young people to apply for a series of small grants to be spent in local independent bookshops.


2016 Winning schools & groups by region:

N Ireland split £2000 between 4 schools/groups: £1000 to St Paul’s Primary and Nursery, Belfast, £500 to Shimna Integrated College, Newcastle, Co Down, £250 to Oakgrove Integrated Primary and Nursery in Derry-Londonderry and £250 to the 45th Cub Scout pack, Ardoyne (this competition was open to all groups working with disadvantaged kids, not just schools).

South West split £1000 between 3 schools: £400 to Bristol Brunel Academy, £350 to Cape Cornwall School, Penzance and £250 to St George’s Primary School, Bristol.

South East split £1000 between 3 schools: £500 to Faringdon Infant School, Oxfordshire, £250 to Hove Park School, Brighton and £250 to Wordsworth Primary School, Southampton.

London split £1750 between 4 schools: £700 to Falconbrook Primary School, Battersea, £500 to Elthorne Park High School, Ealing, £300 to Gearies Primary School, Gants Hill and £250 to Dog Kennel Hill Primary, Southwark.

* In London & Northern Ireland again we had an exceptionally high number of good entries, so the Trustees once more increased the available prize money in those regions.


Scotland split £1750* between 4 schools: £500  to Elgin High School, Moray (to be spent at Yeadons), £250 to Langlee Primary, Galashiels (to be spent at Mainstreet Books), £500 to Hazlehead Academy, Aberdeen (to be spent at Plan 9 comics), £500 to Inverclyde Academy, Greenock (to be spent with Scotia books).

North East split £1000 between 2 schools: £750 to Benfield School, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (to be spent at Seven Stories bookshop), £250 to Barndale Special Needs School, Alnwick (to be spent at Forum Books, Hexham)

North West split £2250* between 6 schools: £500 to Merton Bank Primary, St Helens (to be spent at Wardleworths Book Shop), £500 Darwen Aldridge Academy, Lancashire (to be spent with Silver Dell books), £500 Levenshulme High, Manchester (to be spent at Chorlton bookshop), £250 Greengate Juniors, Barrow in Furness (to be spent with Hills books), £250 Penkford Special School, St Helens (again to be spent at Wardleworths), £250 Ashgrove Primary Academy, Macclesfield (to be spent at Brierlow Bar Bookstore, Buxton)

Yorkshire & Humber split £1000 between 3 schools: £500 Burton Green Primary School, York, £250 Thirsk School, N Yorks (to be spent at White Rose Books), £250 Thornton Grammar, Bradford (to be spent at Salt Mills Books)

*In Scotland & the North West we had an exceptionally high number of entries, so the Trustees increased the available prize money.

Wales split £1000 between 3 schools: £300  to Cogan Nursery School, Penarth (to be spent at Griffin Books), £200 to Ysgol Caer Dreyn, Denbighshire, and £500 to Pentrehafod School, Swansea (to be spent at Cover to Cover).

West Midlands split £1000 between 2 schools: £500 to Saint Anthony’s Catholic Primary, North Solihull, £500 to Holy Trinity Catholic School, Small Heath.

East Midlands split £1000 between 2 schools: £500 to Highfields School, Matlock, £500 Tupton Hall, Derbyshire (both schools will be shopping at Scarthin Books)

East of England split £1000 between 3 schools: £400 to Archbishop Sancroft High School, Harleston,Norfolk, £400 The Hewett Academy, Norwich (to be spent at Jarrolds), £200 to Cambourne Village School, Cambridge