Students at a Northampton school will swap books through a phone box

Book exchange in an old phone box.
Book exchange in an old phone box.
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Students at the Malcolm Arnold Academy will exchange books through a new school phone box scheme.

A bright red phone box has been filled with books at the school in Trinity Avenue in Northampton and pupils can swap their old reads for new ones.

Philip Cantwell, principal at the school, said: “The book exchange has created a real buzz in the academy, and students are really enjoying getting involved.

“Ensuring that our students have good literacy levels is something that we take very seriously at Malcolm Arnold, and we wanted to do something different and eye-catching to encourage students’ interest in reading.

“The exchange scheme is just part of a raft of literacy initiatives that saw nearly 85% of students get an A*-C in their GSCE English exams this summer – well above the national average.”

“We believe that incentives like the book exchange will provide exciting ways for our students to keep improving their literacy skills.”