At Harrow Way, we acknowledge the large body of research which indicates a correlation between reading and academic success and between reading and well-being and we encourage all our students to be readers. To this end, our Learning Resource Centre operates a library facility with thousands of fiction and non-fiction books supporting reading for pleasure and reading for purpose. Some audio fiction titles are available. There are also a wide variety of magazines.
We operate an E-book platform though Hampshire County Council and this now includes audio books too. Our Reading Cloud platform allows students to access the library catalogue, read and write book reviews, find out what new titles are available and more. Both can be accessed via the VLE. All of these are free to use. However, lost items will need to be replaced by the borrower. In addition, we run a student book group called NatterReads who meet informally most weeks over lunch to share what they are reading.
Our Learning Resource Centre Manager is able to provide recommended reading book lists for students who are reluctant or struggling readers as well as recommended book review and search websites.
On their transition day in July, our new year 7’s are provided with a Moving On reading list produced by Hampshire County Council School Library Service. These titles can be sourced through Public Libraries and are available through us from September. The titles change each year and represent a valuable opportunity to move from Primary to Secondary books and to move away from Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Jacqueline Wilson and David Walliams.
J.K.Rowling – Harry Potter series (magic)
Jenny Nimmo – Charlie Bone series (magic)
Cressida Cowell – Wizards of Once (magic)
Scarlet Thomas – Dragon’s Green (magic)
Anthony Horowitz – Diamond Brothers series (crime fighting with humour)
Anthony Horowitz – Alex Rider series (spy missions)
Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson series (fantasy adventure)
Meg Cabot (of Princess Diaries fame)
Frank Cottrell-Boyce (humour)
Tim Collins (humour)
Stewart Foster – Bubble Boy
Mimi Thebo – Dreaming the Bear
Hilary McKay – The Binny and exiles series
Kenneth Oppel – Half Brother
Jo Cotterill – Looking at the Stars (refugees, story telling, Hampshire Book Award Winner 2016)
Eva Ibbotson – Journey to the River Sea
Lemony Snicket – A Series of Unfortunate Events
C.S. Lewis (fantasy adventure)
Julia Golding – Young Knights series, Darcie Lock series, Mel Foster series, Cat Royal series
Philip Pullman – Northern Lights series
Jonathan Meres – World According to Norm series (humour)
Anthony McGowan – Donut Diaries (humour)
Louisa May Alcott – Little Women