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Introducing KSA’s New Librarian

This term KSA welcomes new librarian, Heidi Economou, who will work with all pupils across the Academy to promote reading and improve literacy.

Mrs Economou, who has worked at Latimer Arts College for the last five years, said the position at KSA appealed to her because it gives her the chance to work with younger children in primary right through to sixth formers.

Mrs Economou's love of libraries started as a teenager when she spent two weeks in her local library for work experience. She said: "I loved it because I met people from so many different walks of life. I loved reading anyway so when they offered me a job at the end of the two weeks, it just went on from there."

Her journey was to take her from an apprenticeship to library manager, with spells in mobile and even prison libraries. Mrs Economou spent a year living in Mexico and travelling around South America before she returned to England and her role as librarian.

She said: "The job at KSA is brilliant for me because I get to sow the seed of reading with children at a young age and then develop that right through to sixth form.

"One of the things I'd like to do is invite parents in to hear the younger children reading. I'd also like to start a recommended reading list for both pupils and parents to get whole families involved."

Mrs Economou said her favourite book is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho because it inspired her to go travelling.

"As soon as I finished reading it, I booked my ticket to Mexico," she said. "At the time, the affect it had on me was profound. My favourite children's book is The Hungry Caterpillar - it's a classic and I'll never get bored of it."