"Reading for pleasure is one of the most important things one can do."

Neil Gaiman

Rickmansworth School Library

The Library plays a vital role in supporting teaching and learning at Rickmansworth School. We provide a range of activities and resources to enable students and staff to become effective and discriminating users of information, develop patterns of life-long learning, and foster a love of reading for pleasure.

Reading for Pleasure

Reading for pleasure is really important, not just because it instils a love of books in young people, but because it is key to students achieving their educational potential. Children who read for pleasure are likely to do significantly better at school that their peers; reading not only develops students' vocabulary, but also improves their spelling and maths.

At Rickmansworth School Library we:

  • provide a safe, secure and supportive environment before, during and after school
  • encourage reading for pleasure and arrange author visits and events celebrating reading
  • select a wide range of fiction and non-fiction resources to support both the curriculum and students’ personal interests, as well as offering magazines, newspapers and DVDs
  • work with teaching colleagues to support teaching and learning throughout the school
  • provide a place to study effectively, with access to wifi, computers, printers and photocopying
  • develop independent learning skills so students are able to research, evaluate and use information effectively and be prepared for the world beyond school
  • provide an extensive collection of electronic resources, journals, databases and educational websites available via the Oliver Library Management System

Library events and activities

Students in Year 7 are given an induction session in how to use the library, followed by regular literacy sessions for reading throughout Years 7 and 8. The library is available for whole class teaching and activities, such as research for history or geography coursework.

Sixth form students are taught key information literacy skills on finding and evaluating resources, academic referencing and avoiding plagiarism.

The Library organises a number of events during the year to promote reading for pleasure, such as World Book Day.  Authors who have visited the school include Jennifer E. Smith, Sophia Bennett, Pete Johnson, Jon Robertson and Paul Dowswell.

Ricky Reads Book Club

The Book Club meets every Monday at 3.20pm.

Online Reference Library

Library resources are available electronically via the Oliver Library Management System, including online databases, electronic journals and study skills.  To access the Online Reference Library, log on to the Library website.

Opening Hours

The Library is open to all students before School, at morning break and lunchtime, and after School from 3.15-4.15pm Monday to Thursday for Homework Club.

Library Staff

Mr N. Cavender, the Librarian, has worked at Rickmansworth School for more than ten years.  He is a qualified Librarian and member of the Chartered Institute (CILIP).  He is also the Hon. Treasurer of the Hertfordshire School Library Association.

Student Librarians help out in the Library at break and lunchtime. If you would like to apply to be a Student Librarian please speak to Mr Cavender.

Further Information

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