Swarkestone Road, Chellaston, Derby, DE73 5UB 01332 702502
Welcome to the Study Centre.
We inspire students to love learning; we want students at Chellaston Academy to appreciate the importance of studying, as knowledge is power. We do this by promoting the principle that learning can be fun, thus encouraging students to motivate themselves to become independent learners. As a Study Centre, we pride ourselves on the slogan 'Grow Explore Engage Know'.
How it works
The study centre consists of seperate zones; the quiet reading zone, the class work zone and the information technology zone. Students can use this space not only to read silently, but also to study, do group-work and explore personal interests, utilising the wealth of resources available to them.
Each student is allowed to take 2 books out of the Study Centre at a time, for a maximum of 2 weeks. However, should they want to keep the book for a longer period of time, they can renew it up to 2 times. The Study Centre Manager and team of student volunteers offer advice and support to all who need it throughout the school day.
What resources are available here?
The entire Centre currently houses over 12,000 resources inclusive of books, magazines, journals, newspapers and more. There are also several Kindles to enable the students to access a Library of e-books. Furthermore, the Study Centre currently has 4 desktop computers and 30 laptops, for students to access as and when they require them. There is also a ceiling-mounted projector to enable entire classes to be taught in this space.
The array of media enables the Academy’s curriculum to be easily accessible to all. The resources include non-fiction and fiction items, covering many genres such as horror, comedy, realist novels, sci-fi, fantasy and more. We also have many copies of textbooks tailored to the curriculum. The upper floor houses separate sections of resources for sixth-form students, which contains a Careers segment, as well as EAL students. The Study Centre displays educational posters and periodicals, as well as the work done by students, to broaden each student’s learning experience in this space. The resources are frequently replenished to ensure old stock is removed and new stock is always available.
The future of the Study Centre
As the Study Centre is learner-orientated, we listen to the wants and needs of all students. A recent survey undertaken questioned over 1000 students ranging from years 7 to 11 to ensure every voice was heard regarding the development of the centre. As a result, the Study Centre will adapt to meet the needs of all who use it with the introduction of more ICT, an injection of colour to create a more vibrant space and more broadly advertised events and clubs. All of these changes serve the purpose of creating an environment conducive to learning and personal growth.
Improving reading ability
We feel it is imperative to develop study skills and literacy. We benefit from the use of the Accelerated Reader Scheme to allow many students to read at a level specifically designated to them, according to reading comprehension tests they take. Accelerated Reader encourages students to develop basic reading comprehension and to also read independently, through a system whereby progression is naturally encouraged. Additionally, Paired Reading runs a couple of mornings a week during form time, enabling younger students to benefit from one-to-one reading with a year 11, 12 and 13 students.
Watch this space! As part of the renovation process there will also be the introduction of exciting new clubs, events and extra-curricular activities. A brand new Homework Club will begin on Wednesday 24th September, running every Wednesday and Thursday lunch time, as well as running for an additional hour after school on these days. Everyone is welcome whether they wish to do homework or just have a quiet space to study in. The Study Centre Manager will be available to assist throughout.
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