Our Library is a bright, spacious area, open throughout the school day, including break and lunchtime. Students often find that our Library is a calm environment away from the hustle and bustle of school life, especially when they are new to “Big School”. A Homework Club also runs after School, Monday to Friday until 4.15pm, where students can drop-in to complete their work before going home.
We offer access to over 9000 books, about half of which are fiction titles and the other half non-fiction titles. The majority of these can be borrowed by our students and we aim to keep these as up-to-date and relevant as possible.
The fiction titles are grouped according to genre, and include Young Adult, Fantasy, Thriller, and Historical Fiction. In addition, more challenging titles are available for older and more confident readers. The non-fiction area is organised by subject type; for example, History, Geography, Sport and Religion. Magazines for young people are also available.
Sixteen computer workstations are sited in the Library for general use. A variety of software programmes are on hand, and students may access a filtered version of the internet.
Our librarians, Mrs Brown and Mrs Thomas, aim to foster a love of reading in every student by assisting them with their choice of books. Our ethos is that we believe anyone can become an avid reader if encouraged to find what is right for them and reading for pleasure has been proven to help students with their school work across the curriculum. We also run the Accelerated Reader scheme, which aims to guide students with their reading choices and reward their success.
Throughout the year we celebrate a variety of literary events such as Talk Like A Pirate Day, National Poetry Day, World Book Day and The Clip-Carnegie Book Awards, with reading groups, competitions and topical displays to keep the magic of story-telling alive. Students are also given the opportunity to appear in print in the School magazine—The Read— which showcases some of the fantastic work produced by our students and is full of stories, poems, reviews etc.