At Fred Longworth High School, we are committed to ensuring children are equipped with the strategies they need to understand any text they encounter. From integrating challenging reading into our curriculum, to offering reading intervention to individuals, language is at the centre of all that we do. We also recognise the importance of reading at home to secure these essential skills, and are committed to working closely with parents to ensure every child succeeds.
The library is an inviting space that is open daily for students and contains a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts, graphic novels, magazines, reference books and study guides. Reading for pleasure at break and lunchtime in the library is strongly encouraged and the library manager, Mr Kendal, is always available at these times to discuss books with students and suggest authors they may otherwise be unfamiliar with. Students are also encouraged to become student librarians who work alongside the Mr Kendal to help keep the library running smoothly and promote reading for pleasure throughout the school.
Students can borrow books to read at home for a period of two weeks and can renew these items if they wish. The book stock is permanently under review to ensure that students can access newly published, high quality texts that will develop their reading skills and challenge their existing thinking. They are also able to remotely access the library catalogue, search the existing library database and place reservation requests for books they are interested in through Reading Cloud, our online library database. This valuable resource can also be used by students to help them discover new books and authors, and engage with other students who read regularly for pleasure.
All Year 7 students have a dedicated reading lesson in the library once a fortnight in order to complete Reading Plus, receive support with their reading and harness their enjoyment of books. Timetabling lessons in this way ensures all students can spend time in the library and allows strong working relationships to be developed. In addition, the library hosts many activities and events throughout the school year and there are regular themed displays intended to help students identify books for key topics and subjects of interest.