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 superb variety of leisure reading for all ages and abilities. It also has four networked computers and a range of magazine titles for students to read which are chosen by our students. In addition to this, the library provides every tutor group with a reading box of regularly updated books available for tutor time reading which takes place once a week for all our students. If you have any unwanted, age-appropriate books at home and in good condition, then donations are always appreciated.
The library is a popular, stimulating and vibrant environment for students to enjoy during break and lunchtime. The library is open and staffed every day from 8.30am until 3pm and is well attended by those who love to read and take part in the other activities offered in the library. During the day the library is used for year 7 reading lessons, Extra English lessons and Accelerated Reading. Resources are also accessible during Lesson 6 homework club.
We are proud to take part in the Bookbuzz programme run by the reading charity, Book Trust. All students in year 7 choose their own book to take home and keep from a list of 17 suitable titles. The titles offered are all carefully selected by a panel of experts to ensure quality and suitability. Many of the local businesses support us financially to continue to carry out this worthwhile programme with our youngest students to encourage a lifelong love of reading as they begin their secondary school journey.
The library also aims to promote a strong reading ethos in the school. Students are involved in the annual Readathon and participate in the Carnegie Book Awards and the Derbyshire Schools’ Book Awards. Students are also given the opportunity to represent their school by taking part in the annual National Reading Champions Quiz. World Book Day activities, author visits and book fairs also form part of what the library provides. Two very popular clubs run in the library; Chess Club takes places on Thursday lunchtimes and Book Club on Friday lunchtimes.
The school runs the Accelerated Reader Scheme to support reader development and 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 colour-coded. Targets are set at the beginning of each half term and certificates and prizes are awarded to students who achieve them.