We were delighted to welcome author and star of Channel 5’s ‘The Yorkshire Vet’, Julian Norton, to Richmond House today, who came to officially open our newly refurbished Library.

Our recently renovated reading space has been redesigned and redecorated, and we have invested in over 700 new books that have reignited a love for reading in our children.

Julian, who has written 6 books and contributes a weekly column in the Yorkshire Post, delivered a talk to our pupils and took part in a Q and A, before making his way to our library to declare it open and sign copies of his children’s book ‘Adventure with a Yorkshire Vet: Lambing Time and Other Animal Tales’.

The investment we have made in our library ties in with our new reading scheme which was launched at the beginning of the academic year. The scheme provides all our pupils with suitable, age-appropriate books, and is designed to advance their reading comprehension.

Headteacher, Sharon Young, commented:

“This investment in both our library and our reading scheme will ensure all our pupils have access to books that will challenge and inspire them.

The importance of reading for children cannot be underestimated, benefitting their education, social and cognitive development, as well as their wellbeing and their mental health.

Here at Richmond House School, we are putting reading at the forefront of our curriculum and have dedicated time throughout the week for every pupil to pick up a book. It is wonderful to see our pupils already enjoying this space and the range of new books they now have at their disposal.

I want to thank our Head of Academic Development, Mr Wilkinson, for the time and effort he has spent developing our reading scheme and to Julian for his inspirational visit.

It is an exciting time for the school and as well as investing in our facilities we are committed to making Richmond House School accessible and affordable for as many children as we can. Our broad education focused upon the needs of each individual is more important today than it has ever been. What these developments show is what sets Richmond House apart: we endeavour to put the needs and happiness of each child at the heart of what we do.”