Three primary schools in Enfield have become the latest to benefit from an initiative which aims to improve children's access to reading and boost their literacy skills.

Underused areas in Hazelbury Primary School, Keys Meadow Primary School, and Churchfield Primary School have been transformed into a space that puts reading and access to books at the heart of each school.

It includes new furniture, book shelves, and each library has benefitted from 400 new books, e-readers and audio books.

It is part of the initial £1 million Chase Rewarding Futures initiative by digital bank Chase, in partnership with the National Literacy Trust and supported by publisher Penguin, that aims to support 35,000 children.

Mel Bowman, deputy head teacher at Hazelbury Primary School, said: "We’re thrilled to have the support of Chase to not only encourage a love of reading among the children at Hazelbury, but also equip parents and guardians with how they can support their children at home.

"Our new library provides a special space for the children to let their imaginations run wild and leave a lasting legacy that will have a real impact on their lives for years to come."

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Deborah Keay, chief marketing officer of Chase in the UK, added: "It’s fantastic to see our school library transformations taking shape and for children in the Enfield schools to now be actively using them.

"These three schools are part of our wider mission to transform 150 libraries across the UK to support children’s literacy across the nation.

"Developing early stage reading skills and discovering a passion for reading can shape a child’s life, unlocking their potential, and helping improve their future prospects."