We believe that reading is key to success in life and actively encourage our students to develop a positive attitude towards reading.
We host library sessions for all students in Years 7, 8 and 9 as part of their English curriculum provision. These sessions run every two weeks and focus on introducing a range of genres and authors, encouraging wider reading and building confidence with reading.
We also lead a mentoring programme that supports Year 7 reading. Many Year 9 students sign up to this programme keen to help. We also lead smaller group/one-to-one reading interventions for students in Years 8 and 9. These have proven to be very successful and run throughout the school year during library lessons as well as tutor time.
We have a team of enthusiastic Student Librarians who help us to run the library and who are instrumental in spreading the word about reading.
Throughout the year we organise a range of activities and competitions for all students and staff to take part in. National Poetry Day features Year 7 tutor groups going head to head in a choral poetry competition as well as other activities designed for whole-school participation. Year 8 students are encouraged to take part in our Carnegie Prize shadowing scheme and meet weekly. They read a selection of short and long listed books, chat about them and then select an overall winner. World Book Day is an opportunity for every student and teacher to celebrate reading and each year we plan a range of activities.
We showcase student reading and writing and encourage peer-to-peer book recommendation through eye-catching displays and lunchtime meet-ups in the library.
Our library is a welcoming and vibrant place to be and is usually bursting at break and lunchtimes with happy students from all year groups.
Mrs Hearse and Mrs Morrish
(Library Managers – passionate about reading)