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. In addition to this, the library provides every tutor group with a reading box of regularly updated resources 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 has recently upgraded to The Reading Cloud library system. Some of the key features include a research tool which directs students to age-appropriate educational web-based resources and the “Who Next?” tool which makes book recommendations to students based on their previous loans. The library also has an Instagram account (follow@chs1library) for parents and students in year 8 and above to keep updated of news and events taking place in the school library.
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 8am until 3.15pm and is well attended by those who love to read. During the day the library is used for year 7 reading lessons, literacy 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. We are very grateful to JS Burgess Engineering, Eagley Plastics, Chapel-en-le-Frith Golf Club, Street Crane, F.R Somerset and Tarmac whose support with the costs of running the scheme has enabled us to offer these books as a gift to our youngest year 7 students so that they are all starting high school with a fantastic new book and thereby create a real ‘buzz’ about reading around school.
In April 2019 we were delighted to receive £2,000 awarded to our school library by Tesco from participating in their Bags of Help project. Thank you to all who voted for us; this secured us a fantastic amount to spend on new books for our school library! We have taken this opportunity to get our students involved in choosing the books. In July we have booked what is essentially a book shop on wheels, the Browns Book Bus, to come to school and enable our students to get involved in buying new books for their school library without even having to leave the school premises.
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 Book Awards. Students are also given the opportunity to represent their school by taking part in the annual, international Kids Lit Quiz and the Cheshire Book 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. 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: La Fontana, FR Somerset, Insuranceman, Tarmac, Morrisons and Chapel-en-le-Frith Golf Club. If your business is interested in supporting our school with this reading programme please contact Mrs Dobson. The library has also been awarded £290 this year from Waitrose Community Matters project to spend on new resources for our students.