The two libraries in the Senior School are welcoming, well-resourced learning areas which provide invaluable support for students throughout their time at Ratcliffe.
By liaising closely with the academic departments, a programme of study skills has been developed that supports the curriculum, helps students to develop the skills of independent learning, and encourages a love of reading. Students have access to a wide range of print and digital resources which are regularly updated, and are encouraged to read widely both to support their subject knowledge and to develop their love of literature.
Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life.
The library areas are open and staffed throughout the school day, and into the evening for boarders, and are regularly used outside lesson times by students wishing to study, use the computers, complete their homework, borrow resources or simply to read and relax.
Opportunities to develop and share a love of reading extend beyond the classroom. Students are encouraged to participate in the extra-curricular book clubs which meet regularly, and students enjoy the shared experience of discussing what they have read, often resulting in some lively discussions! Year 9 students have the opportunity to participate in the Carnegie Medal shadowing scheme, where we read and discuss the 8 books shortlisted for this prestigious award, before selecting our winner. Key events, such as World Book Day, also provide a focus for books and reading, and are celebrated with a range of competitions, quizzes and special events which always prove popular with the students.