MOYLES Court school in Ringwood has opened a new library in memory of a long-serving teacher who died in August.
Jane Warren spent 25 years at the school and retired only last year from her positions as deputy head and head of mathematics.
The library looks traditional, but has state-of-the art wifi internet access, and students are experimenting with Kindle e-readers.
The new resource is part of an investment programme at the 3-16 co-educational day and boarding school and nursery.
Other improvements include the update and expansion of the tennis and outdoor sports courts.
The Jane Warren Library includes a photo of the much-loved member of staff on the wall and a plaque describing her as an “inspirational teacher”.
A spokesman for the school said: “She succumbed to cancer aged just 60 but had already done much work in securing the long-term future of Moyles Court. It was thought that naming the library after her would be a fitting tribute, and students are already enjoying the benefits.”
The library was officially opened by Neil Roskilly, the chief executive officer of the Independent Schools Association.
Headteacher Greg Meakin said: “Miss Warren passed away in August after a short fight against cancer.
“Through her impressive contribution to Moyles Court she played an important part in securing the future of the school, which the investment in the new library is a fitting expression of.
“The school is experimenting with the use of Kindle e-readers for developing children's literacy skills and interest in reading.
“Anyone wishing to donate money in memory of Miss Warren can do so through the justgiving website.”
n The school’s PTA Christmas fair is being held this Saturday from 11am to 4pm.
The school is also celebrating other achievements with several pupils winning prizes at the Independent Schools Association National Art Exhibition.
Year 11 student Jessica Evans won first prize for folder work and also a scholarship to the Hampshire Collegiate School sixth form.
Tom Kiernan won first prize in the Under 16, two-dimensional art category and Lauren Wright was runner-up in the sculpture category of the same age group.