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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 and lunchtime, and after school until 4.30pm Monday to Thursday and 4pm 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’ meets on a 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 have shadowed a variety of book awards.

Accelerated Reader

All students in Years 7, 8 and 9 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 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: