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Ros Harding

Honour List 2019 Profile


Ros Harding
The King's School Chester

Ros Harding is Head Librarian and Archivist at The King's School Chester, an independent, co-educational, selective school for ages 4 to 18. The school was founded as part of Chester Cathedral in 1541 and moved from the Cathedral buildings to its present site on the outskirts of Chester in 1960. The school's ethos blends the traditions of the past with 21st century innovations to provide an outstanding education.

The library at The King's School Chester is a very large space within the school, including a class-sized ICT suite, a reading area and plenty of study space. It is situated between the Sixth Form centre and the main school, which means that although it is very easy to access, it is somewhere that pupils make a conscious decision to come to, rather than just passing by. The library holds approximately 10,000 books (about 3,500 are fiction) and subscribes to about 40 journals and magazines, in addition to an e-book and e-audiobook library and online subscriptions to resources including JSTOR and Britannica Online.

Harding Library 1

There are three different book clubs in the Senior School library (one for Years 7 & 8, one for Year 9s shadowing the Carnegie and Greenaway Awards and one for Sixth Formers) in addition to the Junior School Book Club which is run along with the Junior School Librarian. The School has a Patron of Reading, who visits the school at least twice a year, but also promotes competitions, such as Book Bingo for Infant and Junior pupils throughout the year. The King's School Chester has an annual Book Week, which includes various competitions and a couple of Book Quizzes which take place in a very crowded library at lunchtimes. 

Harding Lib ReadsOne of the most important library activities each year is the School Book Award which has two shortlists each year in the Senior School and a third shortlist for the award in the Junior School. 

Pupils are included at every stage, from nominations, to longlisting, and including the promotion of the books, ensuring it is very much their award. 

In addition to Reading for Pleasure promotion, the library plays a key role in supporting teaching in the school, not only through providing resources, but also by team-teaching for project work, including research and marking with a particular focus on supporting independent learning in the Sixth Form, e.g. helping students find resources for coursework and their Extended projects, advising on referencing etc.

"I love seeing pupils develop from a shy Year 7 into a successful and confident young adult."

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