The library provides a very wide range of books to support the curriculum as well as a superb collection for reading for pleasure. There is a very wide range of books to suit all reading abilities. There are also computers for research and a very pleasant working area.
Library Opening Hours
The library is open every day from
- 8.15 am – 1.20pm
- 1.30 pm - 5.00pm
Monday to Friday 3.35pm – 5.00pm
Open to all students to provide a quiet working area for students to complete homework
- Year 7, 8 and 9 can borrow 3 items
- Year 10 and 11 can borrow 4 items
- Sixth Form can borrow 6 items
- Usual loan period is 3 weeks, renewal can be made in person or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fines of 1p per day maybe charged for overdue items
- A donation towards replacement of lost or damaged books maybe requested
Reservations can be made for items already on loan to other students. Anyone can request the library to purchase particular books – see the “Book Wishes” request book at the library desk.
The library housekeeping is all processed through specialist software called 'Eclipse' from Microlibrarian. Students can search the library catalogue from any computer in the school allowing them to view the titles of everything in the library collection. It is also available for smart phone/tablets through an APP and through the VLE platform.
All staff and students are members of the library and able to borrow resources. Biometric sensors allow us to use fingerprints to recognise individuals rather than membership cards. This information is converted and stored on the data base as a mathematical code. If anyone would rather have a membership card this can be arranged.
Student help is vital in running the library. Students volunteer to assist in a variety of ways from producing displays to helping run the library desk. To find out more come to the library!
Year 7 Library Lessons
Year 7 students are timetabled to have a lesson in the library every fortnight throughout their entire first year. Library and study skills are taught, reading for pleasure promoted and time given for students to enjoy all aspects of the library.
Chapter One Reading Group
This group is for people who like reading OR who want to read more! We meet once a month at 12:30 in the library for a lunch time packed full of author talks, new books, recommended reads, competitions and fun! It is open to all students. A calendar of packed events and times are as follows:
- 14 October - Welcome Party
- 11 November - Escape to another world
- 9 December - Christmas is coming
- 13 January - Scary stuff
- 10 February - Out of the Box
- 10 March - Try something new
- 14 April - Who is your favourite author?
- 12 May - Graphic novels & picture books
- 9 June - Book Week
- 14 July - Holiday reads
Every year a group of students take up the challenge to read the books shortlisted for the prestigious children’s book award, The Carnegie Medal. Providing an opportunity to read new authors, enhance their critical skills, meet with students from other schools and enjoy the pleasure of reading.
Librarian - Mrs Sutton