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The Space 4 Learning (SP4L)


The Space for Learning is our bright, modern and flexible space for personalised learning right in the heart of the school, looking out onto a peaceful courtyard. The Space provides areas for classes, groups, individuals and staff to work, study and learn with laptops and PCs and offers both presentation facilities and quiet, private meeting rooms.

Within this space there are quality books and resources available for students to borrow, plus the facilities to enhance independent learning. The Space is open throughout the school day, and before and after school. There are approximately 15,000 resources and a library management system called Oliver is used to issue and manage the resources. The Librarian, Mrs Unwin is a Chartered Librarian.

Students in year 7 and 8 have timetabled library lessons here once a fortnight, when they can change their books and take part in a reading programme. To monitor and improve reading and literacy we are using the Scholastic Pro Reading Programme. Reading is encouraged throughout the school, and there is a time set aside in tutor time once a week for quiet reading. We provide a wide and stimulating collection of books for students to read; and our own stock is enhanced with bulk loans from Bedfordshire Schools Library Service. There are also quiet games and jigsaws available, and a comfortable reading corner for the younger students. We hope shortly to start running a chess club after school.

The library also operates a deposit and loan system for department text books and calculators. Please ask the Librarian for details.

Also based in the Space for Learning is our independent Careers Advisor who is here on Fridays providing impartial careers advice and guidance. This is supported with a well-stocked Careers library.

Mark Rutherford School
Wentworth Drive, Bedford, Bedfordshire Mk41 8PX
Telephone 01234 290200 : Fax 01234 290236 : Email: mark.rutherford@mrus.co.uk