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A school that reads together, stays together

By September 7, 2023September 14th, 2023No Comments

A school that reads together, stays together. To that end, we have refurbished our library.  Our English curriculum is broad and evolving – but one thing that never changes is our love of books and the skill of reading, not only for academic attainment but as a source of pleasure, comfort, and substance that will enrich our lives.

There is no friend as loyal as a book.

Ernest Hemingway

Books transcend every cornerstone of our education, development, and help us nurture a lifelong love of learning.  Literacy is the bedrock upon which a discovery-centric mindset is built.  A school is no different.  Our library is already a place of solace, comfort and reflection, as well as a landscape of excitement, awe and wonder.

A dedicated library space is already making all the difference to the students here at Undershaw. It opens a world of possibilities through fictional stories and non-fiction learning, as well as supporting the students' educational journey. Supplementary to that voyage of discovery is the safe space it will create for Undershaw students. We all know how libraries provide a secure place for people in the community who need that space and support and it is something we also wanted to extend to our school community. Students will learn that a library is not only a hub of information, but a quiet place to settle, recharge, and feel safe and comfortable. It is aligned perfectly with our vision for Undershaw as a whole.

Sue RidgettHead of English

Underpinning the Undershaw Curriculum, Literacy and Oracy provide the essential skills for independence and success in future life. Through the encouragement of independent thinking, written and oral communication, along with reading for pleasure, students gain the confidence to thrive in a variety of situations. Our aim is to equip students with the skills to gain employment and to succeed in education, whilst also inspiring curiosity, valuing their culture and broadening their experience of the world through a shared love of literature. Whilst encouraging success in the key writing skills, real world experiences are fundamental to the individual’s experience of English at Undershaw.

I am always humbled by the way in which our wider Friends of Undershaw community comes together to support our fundraising projects. Our campus is idyllic, and it always has been, but it is also evolving as a Centre of Excellence for SEND education. We have so many people to thank for their generous donations that made this project possible. My particular gratitude to MX Publishing and their wonderful authors who have supported the school for many years by donating royalties to fund our projects. Your friendship and unrelenting support of our vision for the future makes a monumental difference. Our thanks also to the COINS Foundation and the unique Sundial Festival which makes it possible for us to run our Summer Raffle, the proceeds from which have contributed to this fantastic new resource.

Emma WestHeadteacher

To read more about MX Publishing, please click here to visit their website.

If you would like to know more about our current fundraising projects for this academic year and ways you can get involved, please email