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Our Library

At Ridgewood, we consider ourselves very lucky to have a fantastically resourced library and an outstanding librarian. Our library, which acts as a hub of activity and learning in the school, is always popular with both students and staff, and offers far more than simply books.

It is available to students during break every day, on Wednesday and Friday lunchtimes, and after school until 4pm Mondays and 4.30pm Tuesday to Friday.  All students need a library card to access the facilities.

The library is a busy and lively place where we endeavour to provide a warm and inviting atmosphere to support students in their development of their curriculum subjects.  We strive to create a reading environment, inspire independent readers who read for pleasure, and ultimately promote literacy in school. There are a wide range of non-fiction books specifically chosen to support the curriculum, in addition to the books available for general interest and all abilities.

Classes are also held in the library, and there are 15 computers available for research and homework.

Our library’s fiction section is well established with a wide range of titles available, including those by the most popular authors.  We promote themes based on these authors or new books through bright and colourful displays, and students may enter quizzes and competitions related to these themes.

Our knowledgeable and enthusiastic library resource officer is available throughout the day to provide help and support to our students.  There are printing and photocopying facilities too, as well as careers kiosks and information regarding Sixth Form for students to access.

The Ridgewood reading group ‘The Last Word’ will now meet on Thursday and Friday during Character Curriculum time.
Any student who is a keen reader is welcome to come along at 3pm and join in.  We organise lots of events and activities throughout the year and the library’s staff and keen readers will now be shadowing The Carnegie and Greenaway Scheme,
Students who are interested in reading and in particular illustrated reads should join on a Thursday when we shall concentrate on the Greenaway books. 
The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal was established in 1955, for distinguished illustration in a book for children. It is named after the popular and highly influential nineteenth century artist known for her fine children's illustrations and designs. Awarded annually, the Medal is the only prize in the UK to solely reward outstanding illustration in a children's book.
Previous winners include Levi Pinfold, Raymond Briggs, Shirley Hughes, former Children's Laureates Quentin Blake and Anthony Brown, and current Children's Laureate Chris Riddell.
We shall meet every Friday to shadow the Carnegie Award.  The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book written in English for children and young people.
Medal holders include Arthur Ransome, C.S. Lewis, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman and Sally Gardner.
The Carnegie Medal was established in 1936, in memory of the great Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919). Carnegie was a self-made industrialist who made his fortune in steel in the USA. His experience of using a library as a child led him to resolve that "if ever wealth came to me that it should be used to establish free libraries."  Carnegie set up more than 2800 libraries across the English speaking world and, by the time of his death, over half the library authorities in Great Britain had Carnegie libraries.

Accelerated Reader

All students in Years 7 and 8 are expected to read for at least 20 minutes every day as part of their English homework.  Accelerated Reader is the software provided by Renaissance Learning which is specifically designed to help students learn to read.

There is an assessment process, Star Reading, which provides a starting level at which to read and enjoy success when completing a comprehension-style quiz on each book.

Students earn points as they achieve success.  Each book has a points value and students are credited pro-rata on their score.  These points are based on the substance of each book; a quick easy read may have 0.5 – 1 point, a more substantial read may be worth 10-15 points.  We find that this helps engage the reluctant reader who may be daunted by a lengthy book, and it encourages a reader to gain more points.  

Personal targets are often set and rewards are given for achieving these. Rewards are available for the students who achieve their personal points target and a raffle prize is available for every class, with tickets allocated as students complete their reading record and pass a quiz. We find that the competitive element of the programme engages and motivates students and our readers grow in enthusiasm, confidence and reading skill.

You can access Accelerated Reader here:

Please click on the documents below to learn more about engaging your child as a reader, and to read a fantastic book review written by one of our students!

The Last Word

The Doncaster Book Award was a great success and students from The Last Word reading group thoroughly enjoyed this event. You can read students' comments about the event below.

The guests on the sofa are The Mayor of Doncaster, Liz Million (illustrator) and Philip Ardagh (author) with our students from Year 7 and 8 who are members of The Last Word.

Liz Million on stage

Olivia asks Liz to sign her shaker!