Located in the heart of the school’s main building, we aim to support the wider curriculum by providing a range of useful services for the entire range of pupils and staff.
We do so by providing a broad range of both fiction and non-fiction stock that is constantly updated. This includes everything from Stephenie Meyer to Charles Dickens and the most recent biographies to key text and reference books. We also carry a wide range of magazines and periodicals and a number of daily newspapers.
The Library hosts a suite of fourteen PCs, which can be expanded to allow for whole classes to book the space for lessons. The Library produces a reading list for each of the Shell, 2nd and 3rd Year groups, which highlights books that are relevant to the topics they will cover in each academic subject during that period. We participate in the Bookbuzz scheme, which provides each new secondary school pupil with a free reading book during the autumn of their first year. We have annual author visits, when nationally renowned writers visit school to give presentations on their work to groups of pupils.
The Library supports the Power Readers Scheme, run by the School's English Department, an exciting, new programme of reading for Shells, Second and Third Years. The programme will begin in Library lessons, and its aims are to encourage reading for pleasure; experiencing different genres, authors and cultures; and learn about historical figures and events. There are four levels in this programme: Bronze; Silver; Gold and Keep Reading.
The Library is open and staffed from 8.15am every day and closes at 5pm. The Library staff consists of Head Librarian Mrs J Needham and Assistant Librarian Mrs L Ryan, who works part-time, working from 1pm to 5pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and from 1pm to 4pm on Tuesdays. They are ably assisted every lunchtime by a team of Pupil Librarians, who usually come from the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth forms.
A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them.