The Library is a wonderful resource. Managed by a full-time librarian, it is open to all of our students throughout the day. We currently have over 12,000 fiction and non-fiction titles, as well as journals and newspapers. Students can access materials independently by author, title, subject key words, Dewey Decimal class mark and by genre, either by checking the shelves, or by using the on-line public access catalogue. The Library also has an extensive collection of Further & Higher Education Careers information and literature.
The librarian conducts Library orientation sessions at the beginning of each academic year for all key stage 3 classes, and students receive help from the librarian to access the Accelerated Reader Programme and the Star Reading Programme as part of the school's Reading Development Programme at Key Stage 3. During break and lunchtimes, students enjoy using their leisure to participate in extra-curricular activities such as Chess, Scrabble and Lego Clubs.
‘The Day’ On-line Media Resource for secondary schools is forwarded by the Librarian each morning to all staff and students to encourage whole school reading of non-fiction. This resource is available in Reading Levels 3 to 5, inline with Key Stages. Resources may be read in 5 languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Arabic and Mandarin.
Student librarians have a big say in how the Library is run, and participate in Library debates and meetings to ensure continuous improvement.
A key part of the work we do in the library is through a scheme called Accelerated Reader. This scheme, which all students in Years 7, 8 and 9 are a part of, allows us to motivate, monitor and manage their independent reading. The link to the scheme is below: