Our newly-refurbished library is at the heart of the school and is a facility which is extremely popular with all our pupils, for reading, doing homework, revision and using our laptops. We have many wonderful books here, from classics to the latest bestsellers, from easy reads to graphic novels – there really is something for everyone, so there is no reason to think that “the library is not for me.”
I am available in the library each day between 8.30 am and 4.30 pm to help you with finding a book that interests you and to help you use the computers.
Feel free to come and visit the library from your very first day to have a look around. Year 7s will also be brought to the library during an English lesson for a proper introduction to the library.
Learning Resources Manager
- Before form time (8.00-8.40am Monday to Friday)
- Breaktimes and lunchtimes when there are no booked classes in here.
- After school until 4.30pm Monday to Friday.
How to use the library
You may borrow up to 3 books at a time. Once you have chosen a book, bring your book to the desk for issuing. Books can be borrowed for up to 2 weeks. The date they are due to be returned is displayed on the date label at the front of the book. It is important to come to the library desk to return or renew your books on or before the date they are due back.
Renewing & Reserving Books
If you haven’t finished reading your books when they are due back, you can renew them by simply bringing them to the desk on or before the due date. You can then keep them for a further two weeks.
If the book you wish to borrow is out on loan to another person, you can reserve the book. The book will be kept for you when it is returned and a note will be sent to you in your form’s register telling you that the book is available for collection.
We have a collection of laptops/tablets that can be issued during breaks, lunchtimes and after school. Laptops need to be borrowed from the library desk, and returned to me or a pupil librarian at the desk when you have finished with them. You are responsible for any damage so look after them!
You can print your homework in black and white for free from any laptop. Colour printing costs 10p per page and you need to bring your work on a memory stick to the library desk.
We sell the following stationery in the library which can be purchased before school, during form time, breaktimes, lunchtimes and after school. You should not come to the library during lesson time to buy stationery as this is disruptive to lessons:
- Pens: Black/Blue/Purple/Green
- Pencil Sharpeners
- Memory Sticks 16GB
- Always respect the need for quiet in the library so that other pupils can work undisturbed.
- DO NOT bring food or drink into the library. You will be asked to leave if you are found to be eating or drinking.
- Remember that books and equipment need to be looked after.
- Think of others when returning books and remember to return them on time.
What’s happening in the library?
- Book Fairs
- Paired Reading Club (Organised by Mrs Norris. A small group of younger pupils are partnered with 6th formers during form times, the older pupils supporting the younger ones with their reading.)
- Pupil Librarian Team (If you love reading and want to be involved in the running of the library, ask Mrs Price about becoming a library helper.)
- Laptops (Wifi internet access on hybrid laptops, free black & white printing, 10p per coloured A4 page.)
- Book Club (Every half-term a new title is chosen. Pupils can borrow and read it in their own time. At the end of the half-term we get together in the library for half an hour for a friendly and informal discussion about what we thought of the book.
- Competitions (This summer we are challenging pupils (and staff!) to think of the wackiest place or situation they can read a book in, and get someone to take a photo of them and bring it to me in the library. Photos will be displayed around school and the best will win a prize – why not join in? (Tip: Plenty of ideas on the internet if you Google “Extreme Reading”!)
- Aurthor Visits
- Readathon (A sponsored mega-reading session – run by the English department – very popular!)