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Library to go self-service?

Thorney Library will become part self-service under plans by Peterborough City Council to reduce costs.

The library, in Church Street, is currently open 21 hours per week and is open each day except Sundays and Tuesdays.

Plans put forward by the council will mean the library is open for longer – 25 hours – but it would be staffed for only 10 hours per week. For the rest of the time it would be self-service, with users swiping in using a key card.

It’s not clear whether the current librarian – Jane Ward – will remain in her post.

The plans for Thorney Library are part of a wider plan by the city council to shave more than £350,000 off the costs of running Peterborough libraries.

A council spokesman said the way people were using libraries was changing. More than 90 per cent of book loans are now made using self-service kiosks.

“Library staff now spend much more time helping people to use computers, or supporting groups meeting in libraries, than they do dealing with ‘traditional’ library enquiries. The challenge we face is how to provide an excellent, modern library service, with less money.”

There’s currently a consultation exercise in progress (closing March 20). You can go online to register your views, although the options are to agree to city council proposals or not. There is no other plan apart from the one put forward.

You can read full details of the city council’s plans by clicking here. The link will also provide access to the online survey or you can access it directly by clicking here: survey.

New head at Duke of Bedford

Mrs Bailey

The Duke of Bedford School has a new head teacher – Mrs Cathy Bailey.

Cathy took over at the start of the year, replacing Jackii Crockett who has moved on to St Botolph’s Primary School in Orton Longueville.

This is her first appointment as a head teacher, but she had previously been acting head teacher for two years at Sawtry Junior School.

Cathy was born in Cambridgeshire, but her parents moved to France when she was quite young, so she grew up a fluent French speaker. She returned to the UK to study and decided to go into teaching after graduating.

Cathy is the mother of two sons and lives in Bretton. She spoke to the Thorney Post after a few weeks in her new role:

Q: How are you finding life at the Duke of Bedford School?

A: I am hugely enjoying it! The children and staff have all been very welcoming and I am gradually meeting more and more of our parents who have been very friendly too.

Q: What do you like best about the school?

A: I love the building, with the huge windows in the classrooms and hall, but most of all I love the atmosphere in school which is purposeful and buzzing.

Q: Did you know Thorney before applying for the job as head teacher and what were your first impressions of the village?

A: I used to drive through Thorney when on my way back from the seaside. I always admired the cottages along the main road which are very attractive.

Q: Do you miss France? How often do you go back?

A: I do miss France and my family who still live there. I try to take my boys over there or they visit us here most years.

Q: What made you want to be a teacher? Would you recommend the profession to a young graduate?

A: Teaching is hard work and you have to be committed to it, but in my opinion there is no other job I would rather do.

Q: How do you unwind at the end of a busy week? What are your interests outside school?

A: I generally like to spend time with my family and friends, either going out for a nice meal or staying in and relaxing.

Q: If you were given a £10,000 gift for the school, what would you spend it on?

A: When I’ve been here a little longer I might have different ideas. For now, I think it might be useful to have a roof over the fantastic swimming pool we have, for those rainy summer days!

Q: What would you take as your Desert Island Disc?

A: These days we can compile our own playlists but I suppose that’s not allowed! I don’t think I’d survive for long without Daft Punk.

 

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