"SHE is an absolute star".

A St Francis School pupil has won a county award for her voluntary work in the schools library.

Eleven-year-old Year Six pupil Evie Cooper has been helping out at the Valley Park school's library for 14 months, where she has won the acclaim of her fellow students and teachers.

No staff member is more proud of Evie than the school's librarian, Karen Canham, who said she is an "absolute star".

Karen, who has been the librarian for three-and-a-half years, said: "She has been fantastic, for a number of reasons. She's an absolute star.

"There are plenty of aspects why she has won this award. She is brilliant at recommending books to pupils, who really listen to her.

"She gives so much of her own time to the role.

"For World Book Day she even dressed up as an Oompah Loompah!"

Evie was nominated by Karen, and beat competition from hundreds across the county, and winning following a 15-person shortlist.

The overall winner also receives £250 worth of books to choose from for the school library.

Karen said: "I'm sure she'll choose very well, Evie is our little star and I will miss her greatly when she leaves the school very soon on to a new challenge."

All schools across the county had the chance to nominate a pupil, who were also asked about the importance of their role and the difference they feel they make to school life.