Services provided for Primary School enrichment activities


Harrow  School Library Service supports schools in obtaining and maintaining excellent school library and classroom resources to support the requirements of the curriculum and to promote reading for pleasure. The Service offers an in-depth knowledge of children’s literature and curriculum support, with a wide range of high quality, attractive and up-to-date fiction, poetry and information books to enable you to build a reading culture in your school and promote enthusiastic independent learning. 


The School Library Service manager is a chartered librarian and specialist in children's literature. Our professional library service includes project loans, a discounted book purchase scheme and professional advice on all aspects of library management, resources and reading promotion. The charge is fully inclusive covering all aspects of the service.


Nothing is more important in education than ensuring that every child can read well. Pupils who can read are overwhelmingly more likely to succeed at school, achieve good qualifications, and subsequently enjoy a fulfilling and rewarding career.

Reading: The Next Steps.  Department for Education report, March 2015



Description of Service


This is a service devised to support non-subscribing Primary Schools by providing the resources needed to run an exciting and enjoyable reading club which will interest and challenge the children. Reading clubs can provide children with opportunities to extend their experience of authors and reading genres, to develop critical skills and to explore new interests through their reading. 


There is one charge per FTE pupil place covering all aspects of this service. For as little as 45p per week per child, a reading club of 15 children can take part in the Harrow Junior Book Award (see below) and teachers or librarians can borrow one project collection each term consisting of 30 fiction, poetry or non-fiction based on two themes (worth approx. £400 each). These books are available for loan to enable schools to offer a variety of reading activities. Themes can be chosen from a list of collections based on fiction genres, favourite authors or topical events (e.g.Olympic games). Support will be available from an experienced librarian to start your reading club and resources available connected with each theme chosen, where available.



Harrow Junior Book Award


The Harrow Junior Book Award is an ideal enrichment activity for able readers in years 5 and 6. This annual prize for fiction takes place from October to June each year. The shortlist of six books includes challenging and engaging new books to extend the children’s reading experience, culminating in the award ceremony when the children will meet an author (usually one of the previous year’s shortlist). A set of the shortlisted titles will be supplied free to all schools subscribing to this SLA.



The Service Level Agreement is designed to support:

  • Reading for pleasure for children of any age and ability through a Reading Club

  • Children who are able readers (Gifted and Talented) and who would benefit from opportunities to broaden their experience of authors and fiction genres by belonging to a reading club and taking part in the Harrow Junior Book Award

  • Teachers and librarians who need practical help and advice in devising enrichment activities for Gifted and Talented students such as reading clubs and the Harrow Junior Book Award, and opportunities for CPD in current children’s literature and libraries.


Discounted Purchase Scheme


Schools can purchase books through the Discounted Purchase Scheme from their own budgets.


Other benefits


Teachers/librarians can attend library co-ordinators’ meetings and receive regular newsletters and Pen&Inc magazine to enable them to benefit from professional support and contact.



Full description


This service is provided for a cost per FTE pupil place for a minimum of 15 pupils. The cost is an all-inclusive charge covering:

  • Harrow Junior Book Award
    Schools will receive a set of one of each of the shortlisted books and an invitation for at least six children (subject to demand) to attend the award ceremony in June with a guest author. Previous guest authors: Ross Welford, Vashti Hardy, Maz Evans, Jane Elson, Lara Williamson, Cate Cain and Joshua Doder. 

  • Book loans
    Teachers/librarians may request one loan of 30 books per term. The loan will include two collections based on a theme chosen by the teacher from a list supplied by HSLS, and will contain attractive and up-to-date non-fiction, fiction, graphic novels or poetry books, worth up to £400. The cost of delivery and collection is included.

  • Advisory Service by professionally qualified Librarian on all aspects of the design, organisation and administration of library collections and the creative use of books both in the library and the classroom, including author/illustrator events.

  • Support and practical assistance from the HSLS team team in running the reading group and events to promote reading for pleasure. 

  • Discounted Purchase Scheme and Personal Shopper Service.
    Teachers/librarians can make use of our discounted purchase scheme using their own budgets. This scheme enables schools to make limited budgets stretch further. All books are supplied ready for the shelf with labels, jackets or sleeves to extend their durability. We offer a personal shopper service and can order books on your behalf. We have access to specialist suppliers and bibliographic databases

  • Exhibition Collection of over 11,000 recommended and in print children’s books for teachers to inspect prior to purchase.  Advice from School Library Service staff during your visit and assistance with ordering books.

  • CPD including Library Co-ordinators’ meetings and training courses.

  • Subscription to Pen&Inc magazine containing latest information on diverse and inclusive children’s books.

  • Newsletter and discounts on publications.


Performance Standards

Helpdesk:  Available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, during term-time and school holidays.  An email facility is available outside these hours.

Professional staff have qualifications recognised by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and are in membership of relevant professional organisations.

Books ordered through the purchasing service are normally delivered within three weeks outside school holidays and we can organise urgent orders for you.

Project loans will be delivered to your school as soon as possible following receipt of the request.


School's responsibility


Schools are responsible for the care of books on loan to them and for their return when requested by the School Library Service.


Contract Period


The contract will run for one year from 1st April 2024 to 31st March 2025.


Further details and charges


For further details, information about charges and to purchase this package please visit Harrow's Support Services for Education portal.



School Library Service
Rachel Johnston

School Library Service Manager 
Unit 4 
1 Forward Drive
Harrow HA3 8NT

020 3714 7739

[email protected]



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Harrow School Library Service - supporting school libraries and staff through project loans, discounted purchase scheme and advisory services