Risedale places reading at the centre of everything we do, and we encourage every pupil to read regularly both at school and at home. The library is a well-used and busy part of the school. Last year over 8,000 loans were issued to staff and pupils.
The library is a welcoming and vibrant space that stocks a wide range of both fiction and non-fiction resources. Pupils, as well as staff, are encouraged to suggest books for future purchase, to make sure the stock is relevant and interesting.
The library is open all day for use by classes and individual pupils. All year groups have an English lesson based in the library once a fortnight. Pupils are also welcome to use the facilities at break, lunchtime and after school. As well as a study area, with tables and chairs, there is a seating area for quiet reading and an area with resources to play games or take part in activities.
The librarian is on hand throughout the day to support pupils with book selection, as well as homework and research. The library is open four days a week after school for all pupils.
Lots of activities and competitions run in the library during the year to encourage reading for interest and pleasure. Pupils also help run the library through the Pupil Librarian system.
Accelerated Reader is a reading programme followed by all pupils at KS3. At Risedale we put literacy at the centre of the curriculum. We believe that pupils need to be confident, happy readers to succeed in school and life. Pupils read for 10 minutes every day in school as well as additional time in English. Pupils also have a library lesson a week. Accelerated Reader tracks the pupils' progress through quizzing on books. Additionally, the pupils are tested 4 times a year to ensure that their reading age matches or exceeds their chronological age.