Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”
The school library is open during the school day from 8.00am through until 4.00pm including before and after school for independent study.
Ofsted deemed that the 'Library is the hub of the school'.
Students may visit the library individually, in small groups or as a whole class during lessons. The library is a quiet area for homework, research and leisure reading which is adequately stocked with relevant resources for both the curriculum and students' leisure needs including monitored access to ICT facilities.
“High quality paired reading, where older students team up with younger ones, is very successful in improving students' reading skills and helping them to read fluently and with expression and meaning.”
Throughout the academic year a variety of hopefully interesting and stimulating activities are held in the school library with the aim of improving literacy, developing a life-long love of reading for pleasure and promote the library as a centre of learning:
- Library induction for both incoming year 6's and current year 7's
- Weekly library sessions for KS3 students
- Fortnightly whole form sessions during morning registration
- Reading Buddies ~ paired reading matching KS3 students up with KS4 trained volunteers
- Student librarian training scheme for volunteers
- Readathon ~ sponsored reading in aid of children's cancer charities
- Celebrating national days such as World Book Day and National Poetry Day
- Regular competitions
- Scholastic Book Club on a monthly basis
- Displays celebrating students' work and achievements