Project information

School Library

To redevelop the school library to create an attractive and well equipped environment for improving literacy among teenage boys.The school has developed an innovative literacy campaign and this project will give the school the resources it needs to inspire boys to read for pleasure

July 2011 - September 2011

Charity information: Parents and Friends Christ's College Finchley

Parents and Friends Christ's College Finchley
  • Need


    The relatively poor performance in boys’ literacy is a well recognized national problem. Reading tests in 2007 showed that one third of Year 8 had made no progress in their reading skills and 22 students’ reading age had actually decreased. A survey of Year 8 students then revealed that 40% had not read a book for pleasure since they had arrived in Year 7. Unfortunately the library is currently in a dilapidated condition. This undermines efforts to position reading as pleasurable and rewarding.


    Reading is unfortunately not seen as cool or rewarding by teenage boys. The school has developed a whole-school Literacy Campaign to promote reading for pleasure which has involved pupils, parents and teachers. International research has shown that a well equipped and well managed school library can make a real difference to this type of campaign. The project will involve improving the presentation the library and enhancing the book stock to attract boys to reading for fun.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To ensure that the library holds reading material that will motivate and interest boys in reading


    » Involve pupils in the selection of book stock through a book shop visit scheme - classes visit bookshops and discuss and agree selection for library
    » Librarians supplement student choice with purchases of stock of books, magazines and audio books

    What success will look like

    Success will be..reading survey results show that more boys have read a book for pleasure.

    Aim 2

    To improve presentation of library stock to encourage library users to sample different books


    » Replace DIY shelving with specialist library shelving

    What success will look like

    Success will be...lending levels of library stock go up

    Aim 3

    To create an attractive and welcoming environment in the library


    » Redecorate and replace worn out carpeting
    » New seating and reception area
    » Repair heating and air conditioning units

    What success will look like

    Success will be...positive feedback from pupils

  • Impact


    The project will help the school continue to make progress improving standards of literacy and general academic achievement. This will be demonstrated in the continued improvements in exam results and internal literacy assessments.


    Failure to raise required funding from donations. We have tried to minimise this risk by providing different ways to give, approaching trust funds etc and by organising a programme of fundraising events.


    Reports in PFA newsletter and via updates on our website

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £37,350

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 redecorate repaint walls, doors etc
      £17,000 floor new laminate flooring
      £4,950 shelves specialist library shelving
      £3,700 reception reception desk and shelving
      £2,200 books new book stock etc
      £6,500 heating heating and ventilation units

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    school budget £20,000 Guaranteed
    PFA donations £10,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Christ’s College is a non selective, non denominational community secondary school for boys in Finchley.


    All 967 pupils at the school will benefit. Christ's College is a very ethnically mixed school and two thirds of pupils speak a first language other than English.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are made up of volunteers who are highly commited to the school. Most volunteers are parents of current pupils but we also have supporters who are ex pupils and even parents of ex pupils.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Fiona Davison

    Chair of Parents and Friends Association