Alcester Grammar School

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3rd Sept 2013 saw the official opening of the new Birmingham Library. Costing £189 million and housing one million books, the stunning building was declared open by Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl shot by the Taliban.

Mrs Beeson went to visit the facility and was bowled over by the range of books, e books, audio books and computers. Overlooking Centenary Square, with wonderful views over Birmingham, the Library is open 7 days a week with tours available, events, a café and a virtual library online.

We’ve enclosed some of Mrs Beeson’s photographs to give you a flavour of her trip but recommend you visit yourself to fully appreciate how lucky we are to have something so magnificent in the Midlands.

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Design and Technology Project

Inspirational designer, Samantha Bryan and Year 7 students, for their Art and Design project in Block Week, came together in the summer to design two large display boards to be mounted in the school Library and Information Centre.

The boards based on Sam’s work on fairy style models were designed to represent a range of educational subjects coming together and have been mounted to look as if they are coming out of the Library wall.

The results were felt to be exceptional and many students across the school have already commented on them and enjoyed seeing the final displays.

Centenary Celebrations – September 2012

The AGS-Academy Centenary celebration was definitely celebrated in the LIC.  Look at the fabulous outfits worn to depict the different eras, not only by us on the Library Management team, but also by the students who regularly study here.

Furthermore, on Saturday, 29th September for the celebratory afternoon event, when the school was open, it was lovely that many past students came to visit the LIC.  Many of these visitors shared all sorts of memories about their time in the Library area.  They commented on some of the main changes they could see and it was very interesting to meet two who had been past Library Assistants.  More wonderful images and information about the Centenary Tea Party and Dinner is available in AGS Today, Alumni Magazine.

Rotary International’s kind donation of two Usborne Book Dictionaries to AGS

We were delighted to receive two brand new dictionaries into our Library. These are particularly useful to some students because of the pictoral aspect of the books. Very big thanks to Rotary International for thinking of us. They are in constant use.


Donation to new Library in Puerto Princea Palawan, Phillipines

We were delighted to be able to help with the new library facilities being set up for the community in Puerto Princesa Palawan.  As a result of a link with Mrs Morgan, a previous Psychology teacher here, we were able to offer a good range of past books to help get them off to a great start!  Take a look at the following site and note the looks of delight on the faces of the local children.

Kind donation of books and photographs from Mr Anthony Bond.

We were delighted to receive an unexpected donation of AGS  photographs and books from Mr Bond, the son of a former pupil of Alcester Grammer School, Lydia Maud Mary Earp. Lydia, in her time, was Headgirl and was one of the few women, in about 1932, to go on to university.    Lydia’s elder brother also attended our school. Great family links.

She went to Sheffield Univesrsity with a County Minor Scholarship to study History & the Classics and did rather well there in that she won The Gladstone Prize whilst a student.

Mrs Earp died some years ago, but kept in touch with the School and in fact left a small bequest in her Will for the purposes of the Library.   Mr Bond kindly donated to the School Library the six books which came to her as part of The Gladstone Prize.

Thank you to Mr Bond for his kind gift.

Mr Bond, centre, with the Library Staff and Sixth Form Students.

Design Technology and Library Link

A creative and wonderful link opportunity was the visit organised by the Design Technology department in Block Week.  This was for the Craft/3D designer, Samantha Bryan, to help the students create their own models of figures which reflected different aspects of school.  It was interesting to see how she and the DT staff were able to guide the students in envisaging and then constructing their models.

Particularly interesting for us, were the models which some students designed and created, reflecting the style and ethos of the library in different ways.  See the wonderful model below which incorporates the library’s cross-curricular link – very appropriate and thank you to DT.

booked up!





Once again, this Autumn Term was a wonderful opportunity for all the Year 7 students to receive a FREE book.  They made their choice from a very interesting range of different books organised by booked Up! The students response and thanks for receiving the books was great.  Reading is a joy and the booked up! website definitely reflects this – log on and have a read!

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