2020 Finalists announced!

The competition for the 2020 Pupil Library Assistant of the Year has been just as fierce as ever. The judging panel had the unenviable task of bringing the long list of nominations down to the final seven.

We are delighted to be able to announce that the 2020 finalists are;

  • Mariel Bastello-Kennedy of Glenthorne High School in Surrey, nominated by librarian, Lucas Maxwell

  • Rachel Bosworth of The King's School in Chester, nominated by librarian, Ros Harding

  • Beth Carson of Hornsey School for Girls in London, nominated by LRC Manager, Mary Murray

  • Oyindamola Owolabi of Oulder Hill Community School in Rochdale, Lancashire, nominated by LRC Manager, Karen McCarry

  • Aaron Prior of Abbeyfield School in Chippenham, Wiltshire, nominated by librarian, Gareth Evans

  • Holly Rankin of The James Young High School in Livingston, Scotland, nominated by librarian, Kateri Wilson-Whalley

  • Sam Steel-Jessop of University Technical College Norfolk (UTCN), nominated by librarian, Beth Settle.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the 2020 UK PLAA award ceremony, due to take place on March 20, had to be postponed. The judging panel hoped that this was only a short postponement and that we would be able to hold the event later in the year. Sadly this has not been possible.


As lockdown has profoundly impacted the running of school libraries and affected access for pupil library assistants, it was felt that it would be difficult for nominees to meet the nomination criteria. Taking all this into account, the judging panel has made the difficult decision to not take new nominations for an award in 2021.


To deal with the disappointment over the cancellation of our 2020 ceremony, the judging panel has decided to run the UK PLAA Award over two years, with the finalists from 2020 carried forward into 2021.


We are still hoping to hold an award ceremony of some sort in 2021 for the finalists of the 2020 award but, with the uncertainty of the current situation, we are planning an online event. Watch this space for more details! 

Thank you for your patience and your understanding. We are sure that you appreciate how difficult a decision this was for the panel.