The Library aims to provide a learning area at the heart of the school's curriculum and to foster a lifelong love of literature. Teaching staff can book classes in to research and to use a variety of resources. The Library catalogue can be accessed from any PC within school and also from home.
A team of volunteers help manage the library. Training is given in using the library management system (accessit) and librarians are responsible for issuing and returning the books and helping with shelving. It is a popular activity that is valued for the responsibility and work experience.
The pupils follow the Accelerated Reader Scheme which helps them to select suitable and enjoyable reading material from over 5,000 books! In addition to fiction, a good range of KS3 non-fiction books and on-line resources are available to support all curriculum areas and library-based projects are very popular. Pupils in the First and Second Years have one timetabled Accelerated Reader lesson where they visit the library per cycle. This lesson is used for a variety of activities including quiet reading and improving literacy.
Every effort is made to encourage reading by ensuring that the fiction stock covers a wide range of genres. Computers are used for coursework and revision guides are available to help with exam preparation, together with practical advice when requested. Textbooks are available as reference copies and the use of support material is encouraged. Pupils are able to refer to quality newspapers and current periodicals.
Sixth Form students can use the Library for both private study and leisure reading, and many students enjoy the excellent facilities. Tutorials are sometimes based here, encouraging the development of research skills so vital for effective study at advanced level and university.
The library is a hive of activity throughout the year, from author visits both in person and via Skype, to themed events such as World Book Day and Harry Potter Day.