The Library, located in the Main School Building, is a compact but airy space for all members of the school community to enjoy and is staffed at all times during the school day. The library provides an environment that supports the learning of all pupils, from the start of their time at the school, right through to preparing for A’ Level examinations and the transition to Higher Education. The library team is committed to encouraging pupils in the pursuit of reading for pleasure and to supporting them in developing vital study skills.
- Monday to Thursday: 8.00am to 5.00pm
- Fridays: 8.00am to 4.00pm
- The library is stocked with c. 9,000 resources, from novels to reference books, DVDs and CDs. The library catalogue is accessed via the web-based computer system OLIVER and pupils and staff alike can use this to identify and locate resources and to check on their availability.
- There is a small suite of computers for pupils to use for homework and research and members of the Sixth Form are welcome to use resources during private study time as a quiet space to study, research and revise. For the Sixth Form Library and Research Guide click here.
- Newspapers and magazines – from The Times to The Week & from The Economist to Biological Sciences Review - are also available to read in the Library to help students develop an interest in current affairs as well as to support their studies.
- Colour photocopying/printing is available at a reasonable cost for students’ work, or for items which cannot be removed from the Library & a limited range of essential stationery is sold at cost price.
- Students in Key Stage 3 (years 7 to 9) have regular Library lessons as part of their studies in English and are encouraged to develop research skills, as well as to enjoy reading, during these times.
- Pupils are encouraged to use the facilities before school and during breaks, as well as to attend the after school Homework Club that is run Monday – Thursday until 5.00pm.
- Two Book Groups are run during the course of the school year – The South East Schools’ Themed Book Award (October - March) and The Carnegie Shadowing Group (March – July) are run by the Librarians to encourage pupils to broaden the scope of their Reading for Pleasure and involve lunch-time discussion groups in a relaxed atmosphere.