The school library provides a bright and spacious environment for students to read and study where we aim to promote reading for pleasure and to support students and teachers with learning across the curriculum.
The school library is open Monday to Thursday from 8.00am to 4.00pm and Friday from 8.00am until 3.30pm. The Library has two full time staff, a Chartered Librarian and Assistant Librarian. Sixth form students often use the LRC for extra study alongside normal lessons. Lower school have timetabled Library lessons and teachers can book in for other year groups. Everyone is welcome to come along to read and relax quietly during break, lunch times and after school.
There are approximately 30,000 books and other resources available for loan to help with homework and study. Our stock is wide and varied and we keep it as up to date as possible with books and wider materials chosen to support the curriculum and to further students’ reading. The Carnegie Shadowing Scheme book club is followed by the Library to develop higher level reading for the Lower School.
We have an extensive selection of contemporary fiction as well as the classics and we are always interested to receive new suggestions or recommendations for books to purchase. We also subscribe to a variety of magazines, journals and newspapers and offer specialist subject periodicals for further reading up to A-level. These are particularly important for the Sixth Form who are taking the Extended Project Qualification.
We use an online management system called Oliver. This is the catalogue of all our resources where you can browse everything we have in the Library. All students and staff can log into Oliver in school, to check their account including their book loans or to reserve items.
Books are loaned out for 8 weeks initially and can be renewed upon request. Reminders are issued on overdue loans (and if books are not returned after a reasonable period, we will charge for replacing them). Students can borrow up to three items at any one time. Sixth Form students may borrow up to six books.
There are 48 computers for use during and outside lesson times for homework and research together with printing and photocopying facilities.
Lessons are timetabled to use the LRC for all Year 7 and Year 8 students in conjunction with the English Department. These support the school’s wider literacy focus, help develop study skills and encourage quiet reading.
Accelerated Reader is an online reading programme, designed to accurately assess a students reading level that ensures students are reading at the correct level. This programme is followed by Year 7 and Year 8 students. Accelerated Reader Bookfinder UK
Other subject teachers across all year groups also bring their classes to the Library to use the resources.