Zoe Rowley, Head Librarian

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Wolverhampton Grammar School
Compton Road
Wolverhampton
West Midlands
WV3 9RB

zoe@wgs-sch.net 

As the Senior Librarian at the school, Zoe’s aim is to inspire young people to develop a lifelong love of reading, whilst ensuring that they are provided with the resources and knowledge to develop vital information literacy skills.

Throughout her many years of experience as a Librarian, she knows that students gain the most from their school library when it is linked to every aspect of the curriculum. This is why our Library Service will always welcome well known authors and host events that reinforce the topics that students are studying.

“My career in Libraries began sixteen years ago within the public sector, where I gained a wealth of experience in a variety of roles. These included Children’s Team Supervisor, Library Link Officer and Library Manager. These roles provided me with the skills that I needed to successfully run a library and deliver services to children and young people.

In 2009, I accepted an exciting opportunity within a Dudley state school to establish a new library and Personal Learning Centre. Following the success of this and the development of a reading culture I was later appointed as Literacy Coordinator and Accelerated Reader Development Officer.

I joined Wolverhampton Grammar School in September 2014.”

Zoe has always been passionate about reading for pleasure and the impact that this can have on the achievement of young people. In relation to this, she keeps informed of developments within this field and is always eager to learn of new initiatives which help students to develop their reading and writing attainment levels in enjoyable ways.

Zoe has established several extra curricular groups for students at the school including book clubs and writers groups.

Outside of school, Zoe meets regularly with other librarians from a variety of settings to establish schemes and book awards to promote reading for pleasure.

“The school environment is unique, with every member of its community acting to support each other and create a welcoming atmosphere. I feel privileged to be part of this family and to work with such incredible young people.”

Zoe currently lives within the historic town of Bridgnorth. She enjoys the surrounding country walks and spends much of her time reading young adult fiction.

During holidays she often travels to London, where she enjoys staying in Chelsea and visiting the nearby theatres.

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