The library is a lovely welcoming environment for students and is available during most break and lunch times as well as during lesson time with subject classes. Ten students volunteer as library helpers during the week. We have thirteen PCs for students to use during break and lunchtime as well as during library lessons. There is a separate Media Suite and Careers Room.
Students can browse fiction genres including humour, science fiction &fantasy, horror & ghosts, graphic novels, romance/life and crime/adventure. Within these sections we have a range of dyslexia-friendly titles by specialist publisher Barrington Stoke. We love buying new up-to-date books and pride ourselves on our wide selection of titles, and encourage and welcome students' book recommendations and suggestions.
In Year 7 and 8, students’ reading is supported by the Accelerated Reader (AR) system. Books are colour coded with a sticker to enable students to easily select reading choices within this program.
The Library Portal is our online library where students can see new titles and also reserve, renew and review books. There is lots to explore here, including library news, podcasts, book lists, author interviews, book recommendations, book festivals and much more. A helpful How to use the library web app video can also be found here. In addition, the Library Portal hosts an ePlatform app giving students access to audio books.
As well as subscribing to How It Works, BBC Science and BBC Wildlife magazines, we also have Issues, a journal series produced specifically for schools examining contemporary topics. We also subscribe to Complete Issues, which provides reliable information, websites, graphs and statistics; ideal for sixth-form research skills. The website links to both Issues and Complete Issues can be found on the sixth-form homepage of the Library Portal.
Throughout the year we run regular book-based competitions and reward schemes to engage students and encourage participation in library events. We also have a Word of the Week to encourage students to widen their vocabulary and annual visits from authors, so far including Anthony McGowan, Spoz (poet), Kerry Hudson, Tom Percival, Matt Dickinson.