At Bishop’s Hatfield we put great emphasis on literacy across all areas of the curriculum and school life.
Within all classes literacy is promoted, and work is marked using consistent symbols to ensure that pupils understand and can act upon the teacher’s comments. Literacy excellent awards are also given by teachers from Year 7-11 for written pieces of work that meet appropriate writing levels for each year. Literacy ambassadors within Year 7 forms are responsible for highlighting the use of literacy and general written and spoken communication within the form.
Word of the week focuses upon key technical terms within subjects and half termly quizzes from Year 7-11 are used to recap and even test understanding and knowledge of these terms.
To reinforce wider whole school literacy we have posters on form and staff room doors to publicly show and promote what each of us is ready. Frequent grammatical mistakes are corrected in posters on the back of toilet doors to promote accuracy in our writing.
The school library is staffed by qualified librarians whose aim is to provide a comprehensive selection of resources to support the National Curriculum, together with a wide range of stimulating reading material for both home and school use, and also to promote reading amongst young people for information, study and recreation.
The library’s book stock is designed to cater for the whole range of abilities found within the school, from reluctant readers to gifted and talented pupils.
Computers with access to the school intranet and the internet are available in the library for research, homework and class work. These may also be used to access the library catalogue which enables pupils to locate resources independently.
The library also houses the careers information plus a collection of prospectuses for local further education colleges.
In year 7, there is a structured programme of library lessons during which pupils are taught effective and confident use of the library’s resources and the internet, together with basic research and study skills. They also participate in a wider reading project which encourages reading both for pleasure and for information. In year 8, the girls continue to have one lesson a week in the library to encourage and maintain the reading habit and to broaden their horizons in terms of their choice of literature.
The library is open daily from 8 am until 4.30 pm, during which time the librarians are available to provide advice and guidance to students. The library provides a quiet place where girls can do their homework after school with all the support and resources they may need for their studies.