A revamped library offering additional services to the Boston community has been officially opened at Staniland Academy.

Last year the academy, which is part of the Boston Witham Academies Federation (BWAF), made the decision to redecorate and reinvigorate the facility at the school.

The library’s walls were repainted and a competition to design artwork for it was launched by the school’s council.

Suzie Pell, English Lead Teacher at Staniland Academy, said: “We received a lot of competition entries, but it proved too difficult to choose just one or two winners. We decided to get a local artist, Jane Kay, to come into the school to design new artwork based on all the ideas from the competition entries.

“Jane set to work, replicating these designs using resources funded by our PTA. The work took place over the summer term, the summer holidays, and the beginning of the autumn term.

“As the artwork was nearing completion, the competition winners were invited to add parts of their designs onto the finished pieces.”

Staff at Staniland Academy have been busy auditing and restocking the library, as well as introducing an updated library system.

The refurbished library, which was funded by BWAF, was officially declared open by Boston and Skegness MP Matt Warman, and BWAF’s new Chief Executive Officer Emma Hadley.

Also present during the opening ceremony were BWAF’s Vice Chief Executive Officer Helen Joyce, along with 22 of Staniland Academy’s new school librarians and council representatives.

The opening event was streamed into the school hall, so that all the pupils and staff could be present to witness it.

Mrs Pell said: “Our Community Library service is starting after half term and we are planning to launch community reading projects, such as paired reading, as well as a scheme whereby pre-recorded videos of people reading stories to pupils can be viewed in the library at any time.”