A LIBRARIAN from a school in Ascot has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.

Alison Kennedy, head librarian at St George's, in Wells Lane, has been named in the School Library Association’s School Librarian of the Year Award, which recognises the excellent work that si carried out in school libraries every day, and highlights the best work of those whose work is outstanding.

Alison's role at the independent boarding and day school reaches far beyond the bookshelves of her library: her residential and pastoral roles add great value to the sense of the library and librarian as a friendly, welcoming space to everyone, and as Head of House, Form Tutor, Extended Project Qualification Coordinator and, living on site, she is truly embedded in the school.

She said: "I'm not changing the world but if just one student starts reading for pleasure, finds that bit of information they really need or feels emotionally supported because of me then I will be delighted.”