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Reading and Research Centre

 

Our Reading & Research Centre (RRC)

Our RRC comprises 3 main areas:

  • Computer area where students can log on to do homework and research.
  • A formal area with desks for students to work and our non-fiction books section.
  • A more informal seating area for our students to read quietly. Our fiction section is here too.

The RRC is a central hub in the school and you will also find the Students Council suggestion box and the Resilience Celebration box.

Opening times:

Each day in term-time:

8:15 – 8:30am

Break

Lunchtime

(Closed Monday mornings)

After-school:

Each Wednesday 3:15-4:00pm (See Mrs Barber to book a place - by the end of lunchtime on Tuesday at the latest.)

Homework club:

Each Monday, Wednesday & Friday lunchtime from 12:30 to 1:00 we are very luck to have two of our teaching assistants come and support students doing their homework.

Class/ group use:

The RRC is booked out for whole class sessions and is regularly used for small group activities. It’s a great space within the school and is used for various events throughout the year and is also an oasis for students who need some time out to be quiet.

Borrowing Books

Students can borrow up to 3 books at a time for 3 weeks at a time (renewals are possible). We are currently trialling plastic-free borrowing, so students simply need to give their name to Mrs Barber and she will issue the books.

Each tutor group also brings students to the RRC to choose a library book that stays in school for them to read during silent reading in registration.

Choosing books for the library

Our first priority is to engage with students about what their interests are and what books they enjoy reading. We want our students to discover and develop a love of reading that will help them in their academic progress and their personal lives.

Mrs Barber keeps a ‘Student recommendation’ book to note down requests for when we next purchase books.

We subscribe to services with Creative Learning Services (formerly Library Services for Education) and are able to borrow books from their vast library as well as benefit from their expertise via network meetings held each term.

Student volunteers

We have a number of students who love the RRC and spend a lot of their free time here. They also like to get involved and are very supportive in making book suggestions, re-shelving books and helping out wherever they can.

We are looking to expand this aspect of the RRC with a formal team of student librarians who want to support the school community and also gain valuable work experience. Watch this space!

If you have any questions or suggestions, Mrs Barber would love to hear from you, please get in touch via our main reception.