Students in Years 7 and 8 have a library lesson once a fortnight where they are encouraged to explore literature, discuss books they have read and borrow books inside and outside their comfort zone. Students have a Reading Record which is used to record the books they read and awards are given for reaching targets of fifteen books up to seventy five books. All students are allowed to borrow a maximum of three books for two weeks. Books can be renewed as often as needed. A Library Detention is given if books are more than thirty days late. This detention does not attract behaviour points or any other penalty. If the book is still not returned the Head of Year will be contacted. Students are encouraged to be responsible for the books they borrow. As Literacy is an important part of education, reading is encouraged and any format is acceptable whether it be a book, a Kindle, a phone or an iPad.
Rosebery runs “paired reading” which involves Sixth Form students reading with younger students for fifteen minutes in the morning during Registration. The purpose of the scheme is to encourage Sixth Formers to help in the school community by listening to students read and assist them in improving their literacy skills.
Rosebery’s Library is located in the main building and is open from 8:00am to 4:30pm on Monday and Tuesday and from 8:00am to 3:30pm onWednesday, Thursday and Friday. There is a computer suite opposite the library with thirty computers and two printers for student use. This area is open Monday to Friday 7:30am to 4:30pm. Rosebery School has purchased an online version of Britannica Encyclopaedia which is very useful for initial research on many homework topics. It can be accessed via the Hub by students and staff.
Rosebery School has a well-equipped library with a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction books. The non-fiction books cover most curriculum subjects but as students use the Internet for most of their research the fiction section of the library is expanding more rapidly. Heads of Department recommend all A Level students do wider reading in their subject and the library endeavours to purchase material to support most courses.
The selection of fiction books to purchase, ranging from 11 to 18 eighteen years and for a broad spectrum of ability, is challenging. The use of specialised catalogues, student and staff recommendations, specialised websites, as well as visits to bookstores for newly published books is rewarding.
Sources which parents may find useful are the websites listed below. These websites contain recommended teen fiction and recently published books for all ages:
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”
Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
“All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost.”