As part of our Pupil Leadership offer, we believe that children need to experience duties and responsibilities that come with being a member of a community in order to help them prepare to play an active role as citizens in the wider world.

At The Palmer Academy the role of the Librarian is very important to the day to day organisation of our library and to promote the love of reading around the school. Our year 6 pupils are only allowed to apply for the position of Librarian, therefore it is considered to be very prestigious. They are more than just a title and badge and require dedication and commitment for an entire year. In a sense they are junior members of staff and are expected to take their roles seriously.

The positions not only allow the Year Six pupils to lead by example and demonstrate their responsibility, it also enables the younger children to learn from a good example.

Each child Year 6 is given the opportunity to apply for the job and their applications then go through a selection process. 

Once their application has been successful, the roles are announced in a whole school celebration assembly.

Characteristics of Librarians

  • Polite and well-mannered
  • Organised and committed
  • A confident speaker
  • Well-presented in uniform and appearance
  • Able to liaise and converse with staff, peers, and the wider community
  • Desire to act responsibly and to be a role model for other students
  • Be caring, mature and honest
  • Inspirational

We expect you:

  • To be a positive role model and ambassador for the school, demonstrating Palmer Academy Values.
  • To be enthusiastic and committed to the House System at The Palmer Academy.
  • To be friendly and positive with all students, particularly within your House.
  • To be part of the team of House Captains who work together to achieve success for all.

Role Description


Throughout your role as a Junior Librarian you may be asked to do any of the duties outlined below.

  • To demonstrate an interest in books and authors. You will be expected to make appropriate book suggestions to other pupils and staff.
  • To support the use of technologies appropriate to promoting reading and managing the library. This will include the use of the scanning system. This can be completed with the help of Mrs Critchley.
  • To be able to verbally communicate clearly and appropriately to pupils across school.
  • To be able to communicate clearly in writing. You may be asked to design a poster, leaflet, write book reviews or talk about an experience or an example of something you have done in the library to promote reading.
  • To promote e-safety and support pupils and staff during the school year to make sure that everyone is aware of e-safety issues that may arise and be aware of appropriate action or advice to take.
  • To be able to use the program used to allocate and return books (with staff training and assistance)
  • To be aware of the layout of the Library and the way books are sorted and arranged so that you can support pupils in looking for specific books as well as ensuring the Library is well organised and tidy.
  • To assist Mrs Critchley and/or Miss Hand in planning Library Challenges and visual displays.