A new reading room at Uckfield Community Technology College is designed to encourage students to spend time enjoying books there. Picture: Zoe Greenwood.

Uckfield college opens new reading room

Uckfield Community Technology College has built and furnished a new reading room for students.

The aim is to encourage students, from year seven to sixth formers, to continue reading and developing their literacy skills as all jobs involve communication, and exams now require more effective and developed writing skills, writes Zoe Greenwood.

UCTC Principal, Hugh Hennebry, said it was important to be able to write “expressively and creatively” and reading more would help students to develop those skills.

Student, Daisy Tweed, said: “It’s just a nicer and cleaner place to go and I think for the younger years it’s a good place because it encourages them to read and, if they’re not doing anything, they may come in here and find a book that catches their eye.”

The college is continuing to look for ways of developing  the library and is launching a competition, to give all students the chance to design a small section of the room with a view to incorporating the winning design into the existing space.

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There’s also space for quiet working in the new reading room at Uckfield Community Technology College. Picture: Zoe Greenwood.

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