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 MAY 2019
The Hand, the Eye and the Heart, by Zoë Marriott
Zhilan was assigned female at birth. Despite a gift for illusions, they know they are destined to live out their life within the confines of the women’s quarter. But when civil war sets the empire aflame, Zhilan is determined save their disabled father from the battlefield. By taking his place. Surviving brutal army training as a boy – Zhi – is only the first challenge. In the glittering court of the Land of Dragons, love and betrayal are two sides of the same smile, and soon the fate of a nation rests on Zhi’s shoulders. But to win, they must decide where their heart truly belongs…
Kat Wolfe Takes the Case, by Lauren St John
When a landslide on the Jurassic Coast reveals a rare `dragon’ dinosaur, best friends Kat Wolfe and Harper Lamb are thrilled, especially when stars and scientists come flocking to sleepy Bluebell Bay. But after they begin investigating a suspicious death, events spiral quickly out of control for detectives Wolfe and Lamb. Worse still, Kat’s wild cat is in trouble. Can they solve the mystery – and save the cat’s life – before it’s too late?
Chester Parsons is Not a Gorilla, by Martyn Ford
When Chester discovers he can mind jump, his sister Amy wastes no time in putting his new skills to work boosting the viewing figures on her video blog. And when a TV company takes them global, he does his most daring mind jump yet, into the brain of Tito the gorilla. The trouble is, when he tries to return to his own body – it’s gone! Has it been stolen? But who would want it, and why? And how come Chester suddenly has the urge to search Amy’s hair for fleas? The quest to find the answers takes him on a journey beyond his wildest imagination.A fast-paced, mind-boggling and hilarious yet thought-provoking read from the author of The Imagination Box series.
The Twisted Tree, by Rachel Burge
Martha can tell things about a person just by touching their clothes, as if their emotions and memories have been absorbed into the material. It started the day she fell from the tree at her grandma’s cabin and became blind in one eye. Part ghost story, part Nordic mystery – a creepy and chilling tale steeped in Norse myth, perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman and Michelle Paver’s Dark Matter.
NEW NON-FICTION – MAY 2019
Stand Up, Stand Out! Celebrating the actions and achievements of 25 of the world’s greatest figures, focusing on rebel heroes who overcame seemingly impossible circumstances and stood up for what they believed in and also those who spoke out against injustices, this book is packed with informative profiles and incredible artwork of the likes of Nelson Mandela, Maya Angelou and J.K. Rowling. Each profile is also accompanied by a ‘What Can You Do?’ section which asks the reader to think about their actions if they encountered similar obstacles to these inspiring figures.
The Secret Language of Dogs, by Victoria Stilwell
This book is a guide to understanding your dog, communicating effectively, strengthening your bond and helping the pup learn so that they can navigate the human world with ease. This invaluable book also reveals how dogs perceive human faces and how they can feel a wide range of emotions. It’s filled with instructive illustrations and full-colour photographs to help you work out exactly what your dog wants.
The River Book, by Tessa Wardley
The River Book provides you with 101 ways that you can enjoy being by the river – whether you want to play, relax or watch some wildlife! With suggestions for rivers to visit, Tessa Wardley also reveals which ones are best for the fun-packed activities mentioned in the book. It’s packed full of facts about how rivers work, why some are fast and some are slow and information about the plants and animals that live by the water’s edge.
How Not to Lose It: Mental Health – Sorted, by Anna Williamson and Sophie Beer
How Not to Lose It is the go-to guide for achieving a balanced mind and strong emotional well-being. With immediate, heart of the matter advice and a chatty yet honest tone, Anna Williamson addresses all of the key issues affecting children today.
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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