The library is central to life at Chapel-en-le-Frith High School and is here to support teaching and learning, to help create independent learners and to encourage a love of reading. The library is led by Mrs Dobson, who is ably assisted by a team of student librarians. This is a key feature of our library. Any student can apply to become a librarian and should speak to Mrs Dobson about this if interested.
The library has over 15,000 items of stock available for all students to access; this reflects the broad spectrum of the curriculum and provides a good variety of leisure reading for all ages and abilities. It also has four networked computers, a daily newspaper and a range of magazine titles for students to read. The library was recently awarded £6000 from The Foyle Foundation which was used to buy some fantastic books and make improvements to the library.
The library is a quiet zone during break and lunchtimes and provides a safe and calm environment which allows students to read study and play chess without distraction. The library is open and staffed every day from 8am until 3.15pm. It is also accessible during the after school Lesson 6 homework sessions.
The library aims to promote a strong reading ethos in the school. Students are involved in the annual Readathon and participate in the Carnegie Book Awards. World Book Day activities, author visits, the Scholastic book club and book fairs also form part of what the Library does. Two very popular clubs run in the library; Chess Club takes places on Thursday lunchtimes and Book Club is held on the middle Friday of each month.
The school runs the Accelerated Reader Scheme to support reader development. The library provides a vast range of books supporting the AR Scheme. Students who are enrolled on the AR Scheme show marked improvements in their reading ability and become enthusiastic readers. Each student takes a reading test to assess their reading range. Students then read books at their assessed level and after finishing the book, they take an online quiz. The more students read and successfully quiz, the quicker they progress. “Home Connect” enables parents to monitor progress. There are many interesting fiction and non-fiction books to read; covering a huge range of interest, they are easy to identify as all books are coded. Targets are set at the beginning of each half term and certificates and prizes are awarded to students who achieve them. We are extremely fortunate to be supported by a range of local businesses who have kindly offered to sponsor our prizes and rewards this year.