The main school library provides resources for Years 7-11 but is open to all students and staff. It is a light, welcoming space, with a Quiet Group Study Area, Silent Reading Area, and computers also available. It is very popular with the students: there’s often a full house at lunch-break!
The Librarian, Mr Waters, is ably assisted by a team of student volunteers, many of whom volunteer as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award schemes.
There is a large fiction collection, with lots of books by contemporary children’s novelists, as well as a growing collection of classic novels and poetry. There is an extensive non-fiction section – arranged in topic areas – with books available at all levels of reading ability. We also have a small but growing collection of audio-books available. New books are added every month.
Students can borrow books for three weeks (with an option to renew after that).
Students can read or study in the Library during morning break, lunch break and after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Weekly opening times:
- Monday: 8:40 a.m. – 3:40 p.m.
- Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Wednesday: 8:40 a.m. – 3:40 p.m.
- Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Friday: 8:40 a.m. – 3:40 p.m.
All students in Year 7 have one of their Reading lessons in the Library. This is an opportunity for them to read independently, to choose new books, and to quiz books they have read for Accelerated Reader.
At its heart, Renaissance Accelerated Reader is simple. A student reads a book, takes an online quiz, and gets immediate feedback. Students respond to regular feedback and are motivated to make progress with their reading skills. Accelerated Reader gives teachers the information they need to monitor students’ reading practice and make informed decisions to guide their future learning. A comprehensive set of reports reveals how much a student has been reading, at what level of complexity, and how well they have understood what they have read. Vocabulary growth and literacy skills are also measured, giving teachers insight into how well students have responded to reading schemes and class instruction.
Star Reading Assessments provide us with reliable data showing progress made by each student and if they are on track to meet expected standards in the learning pathway. Star Assessments also provide a personalised learning plan for each student, helping to inform next teaching steps.
Parents of students taking part in Accelerated Reader can see how their child is doing by using Renaissance HomeConnect:
(Login details are made available to parents in the first term).
You can search to see if a book has a quiz at:
Click here for more information about our Reading programme.
The Library hosts occasional presentations by staff on their favourite books or genres. We have had presentations on topics such as Wind in the Willows, Alexander Dumas, Historical Fiction, Teen Fiction, and Sherlock Holmes.
We regularly show streamed events on the big screen in the Library – examples of which are author promotional events, World Book Day videos, and other writing related events.
We have been fortunate to have several top-name authors visit the school, including Philip Reeve, Tim Bowler, Tanya Landman, Steve Voake and Laurence Anholt. Many of them have been guests at Year 8 Writing Day, which is generally held in the summer term. The Library is used as a base for workshops on this day, and our visiting authors meet students and sign books for them in the Library at break.
There are occasional lunchtime events such as Chinese New Year workshops, and Staff versus Students University Challenge (for Comic Relief). The Librarian and the Reading coordinator, Mrs Hopton, work together to oversee selected students reading and reviewing the books on the Carnegie Medal shortlist each year. You can see the latest reviews at:
NEW FICTION JULY 2019
Alex Rider: Secret Weapon, by Anthony Horowitz
Ever since MI6 recognized his potential, Alex Rider has constantly been thrust into the line of danger. From a routine visit to the dentist that turns into a chase through the streets of London, to a school trip with a deadly twist, no day has ever been ordinary for the teenage super-spy. This collection of thrilling adventures features familiar and new assailants from the best-loved world of Alex Rider and also includes three never-before-seen stories.
Lightning Mary, by Anthea Simmons
One stormy night, a group of villagers are struck by lightning. The only survivor is a baby – Mary Anning. From that moment on, a spark is lit within her. Growing up poor but proud on the windswept Dorset coast, Mary follows after her father, hunting for fossils uncovered by waves and landslips: ancient creatures, turned to stone. Ignoring other people’s taunts, Mary faces danger to bring back valuable treasures to help feed her family. But tragedy and despair is never far away. Mary must depend upon her unique courage and knowledge to fulfil her dream of becoming a scientist in a time when girls have no opportunities for such ambitions. What will happen when she makes her greatest discovery of all? With a factual section about Mary Anning, her life, and the discoveries she made
Squirm, by Carl Hiaasen
Some facts about Billy Dickens: He once saw a biker swerve across the road in order to run over a snake; Later, that motorcycle somehow ended up at the bottom of a canal; Billy isn’t the type to let things go. Some facts about Billy’s family: They’ve lived in six different Florida towns because Billy’s mum insists on getting a house near a bald eagle nest; Billy’s dad left when he was four and is a total mystery; Billy has just found his dad’s address – in Montana. This summer, Billy will fly across the country, hike a mountain, float a river, dodge a grizzly bear, shoot down a spy drone, save a neighbour’s cat, save an endangered panther, and then try to save his own father. Squirm is a funny, wildly entertaining adventure about the great outdoors and protecting the environment, from New York Times bestselling author Carl Hiaasen, author of modern classic, Hoot.
No Fixed Address, by Susin Nielsen
Felix Knutsson is nearly thirteen, lives with his mother and pet gerbil Horatio, and is brilliant at memorising facts and trivia. So far, pretty normal. But Felix and his mom Astrid have a secret: they are living in a van. Astrid promises it’s only for a while until she finds a new job, and begs Felix not to breathe a word about it. So when Felix starts at a new school, he does his very best to hide the fact that most of his clothes are in storage, he only showers weekly at the community centre, and that he doesn’t have enough to eat. When his friends Dylan and Winnie ask to visit, Felix always has an excuse. But Felix has a plan to turn his and Astrid’s lives around: he’s going to go on his favourite game show Who, What, Where, When and win the cash prize. All he needs is a little luck and a lot of brain power… Susin Nielsen deftly combines humour, heartbreak, and hope in this moving story about people who slip through the cracks in society, and about the power of friendship and community to make all the difference.
The Good Thieves, by Katherine Rundell
Fresh off the boat from England, Vita Marlowe has a job to do. Her beloved grandfather Jack has been cheated out of his home and possessions by a notorious conman with Mafia connections. Seeing Jack’s spirit is broken, Vita is desperate to make him happy again, so she devises a plan to outwit his enemies and recover his home. She finds a young pickpocket, working the streets of the city. And, nearby, two boys with highly unusual skills and secrets of their own are about to be pulled into her lawless, death-defying plan. Katherine Rundell’s fifth novel is a heist as never seen before – the story of a group of children who will do anything to right a wrong.
The House of Light, by Julia Green
Bonnie is scavenging on a beach when she finds a battered old row boat. And under the boat, a bare-footed boy-cold, hungry, and in need of help. The authorities have already been troubling Bonnie and Granda for breaking rules, but how can she leave this boy when he has no-one? Bonnie does her best to keep the boy hidden from the border guards, but as their suspicions grow, she wonders if it’s time to escape the life she’s always known. Under cover of darkness they set sail to the ‘house of light’ in search of a new beginning, and a sense of hope.
NEW NON-FICTION – JULY 2019
The Ecology Book, DK
Explore ecology in this accessible introduction to how the natural world works and how we have started to understand the environment, ecosystems, and climate change. Using a bold, graphic-led approach, The Ecology Book explores and explains over 85 of the key ideas, movements, and acts that have defined ecology and ecological thought. The book has a simple chronological structure, with early chapters ranging from the ideas of classical thinkers through to attempts by Enlightenment thinkers to systematically order the natural world. Later chapters trace the evolution of modern thinking, from the ideas of Thomas Malthus, Henry Thoreau, and others, right the way through to the political and scientific developments of the modern era, including the birth of the environmental movement and the Paris Agreement. The ideal introduction to one of the most important subjects of our time.
First Man on the Moon, by Ben Hubbard
Published in time for the 50th anniversary, First Man on the Moon is a gripping illustrated account of the historic first moon landing. Featuring accessible text and contemporary artwork, it breathes new life into the famous story of the first ever moon landing, using short paragraphs to tell this inspiring story. It covers the beginnings of the Space Race; the early missions; the successful Apollo 11 voyage; and Neil Armstrong’s legendary first steps on the moon – as well as the astronauts’ heart-stopping return to Earth.
The Little Guide to Butterflies, by Tom Frost
Learn all about beautiful butterflies with Alison Davies’ The Little Guide to Butterflies. Featuring stunning illustrations by Tom Frost, this is a modern nature reference guide for anyone who wants to know more about these incredible creatures. This pocket-sized book features profiles and illustrations of 40 butterflies and is sure to delight armchair nature lovers and those who like to get outdoors and explore. Featuring the Orange Tip, Monarch and Crimson Rose, each profile includes information about habitats and wingspans, as well as facts or fables related to the specific butterfly. This book also includes a spotter’s guide so you can tick off whenever you spot one!
The New Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency, by John Seymour
A brand new edition, complete with a foreword by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, of John Seymour’s classic Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency. This practical book offers step-by-step instructions for everything from growing your own fruit and vegetables and baking bread to chopping trees and harnessing solar power. It has advice on living off the land and how investing time, labour and love into the things we need can be so rewarding. Fully illustrated, this book will delight anyone who wants to escape the madness of modern life and eat ethically grown food, develop their skills and create amazing things.
How Technology Works, DK
This graphic guide from DK shows you exactly how various everyday inventions, gadgets and devices actually work. Using eye-catching visuals, it demystifies the machinery that keeps the modern world going – from zip fasteners to driverless cars and gives special attention to those inventions that changed the course of history. All of the step-by-step explanations of vehicles are supported by simple and original graphics that take devices apart and show their mechanisms in great detail.
The Planets, by Brian Cox
Professor Brian Cox invites you on a journey through space in Planets, a richly detailed and informative book that pieces together all the latest research to tell the story of our solar system. Brian reveals how all eight major planets have been born from violence and how they grew up together to become living, breathing worlds – and how they’re set to fade away as they age. He also talks about moons, asteroids, comets and a mysterious as-yet-unseen world located beyond the Kuiper belt. With its startling new discoveries inspired by space probe research, this is a super book for stargazers and people with an interest in space and the universe.
We have a daily subscription to iNewspaper. Students can read this in the Library.
We have subscriptions to eight magazines. All of these are available to read in the Library. Our current titles are: How it Works, BBC Wildlife, BBC History, National Geographic, Focus, Total Film, FourFourTwo, All about Space.
What Students Think of the Library
The comfortable, soft colours make it feel a relaxing space. It’s a great quiet communal area, whether coming here with friends to do homework, or escaping the weather (hot or cold!) to come and read in a peaceful environment. I always used to struggle finding the right book, but now I struggle to choose between the thousands of great books, each with an inspiring message. From fiction to non-fiction, they’ve got all!
I think The Library is the best place in the school! I love coming here and reading with my friends. It also helps me when I have a test coming up because I know at break and lunch I have The Library to come to study. It is also great because there is loads of books to choose from and if you’re having trouble finding one for you there is always the Librarian to help you!
It has nice comfortable chairs, and desks to study at. It is open every day at break, lunch and after school a couple of times a week. You can sit in The Library undisturbed and read. As well as this area they have six computers, and plenty of laptops. They have a HUGE variety of books to choose from (fiction and non-fiction) and there’s something for everyone! The Librarian, Mr Waters, is always there to help you and is always so kind.
Luc B M
Woodroffe Library is full of colour and fun! Whenever you walk in, you feel full of imagination. It’s a great place to read, do homework, go on the computers, have some chill-out time, talk to your friends, or just have time to yourself! Personally, I think that it is one of the best features in The Woodroffe School.
I love the variety of books and the comfort and cosiness of the area. I also like the fact that there is a study area if you need to study, but the main thing is it’s a nice place to chill out and read.
Spike T W
I love The Library because it’s a nice, quiet place to work, do homework or read a book. There will always be someone to help you if you’re stuck. You can relax on the comfy chairs. The Library is open most days and for all years, it has a very wide selection of books for everyone. There are different events going on at lunchtime – they’re so interesting and fun. You can do book quizzes on the computers to update your score. So I recommend The Library for all ages.
I think The Library is great you can go in pretty much go in at any time of the day and you always know you have Mr Waters there to help you out with the book you want to read. If you don’t like a book it’s good to know you can change it any time you like.
When I’m in The Library i can explore new worlds and be transported to places i could never even have begun to imagine.
The Goldfish Boy, by Lisa Thompson
Reviewed by Martha D
“This book is full of mystery and different assumptions. A boy moves in for a short while and he goes missing then something weird happens. This book is good for mystery lovers. I rate this book ten out of ten!”
The Fear, by Charlie Higson
Reviewed by Spike T
“The whole series is amazing. My favourite is The Dead, because it is very exhilarating and has a lot of plot twists. I enjoy them a lot because there are so many moments where I just can’t believe what’s happening. Sometimes the plot twists are so exciting that I feel like I’m inside the book! If I were to sum it up in one word I would say terrific!”
The House with Chicken Legs, by Sophie Anderson
Reviewed by Millie C
“This is an incredible book. It is one of the best books I have ever read. The story is so captivating, it makes you want to read on and on. I recommend this book entirely to readers who love adventures and a heart-melting story.”
The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick
Reviewed by George C
“This is a very intriguing book. There are a lot of twists and turns in the book, and it also leaves you on some cliff hangers. You end up meeting some lovely characters along the way.”
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