Head of Department: Mrs M Musselwhite Steel
Library Staff: Mr Conway and Mrs H Milner
The Main School Library
- Provides resources in support of the curriculum of the whole school from Year 7 to 11.
- Provides fiction which will develop a reading habit and encourage reading as a leisure activity.
- Instructs the students in the use of a library for research now and in their future education.
- Provides a study area for all students during the school day.
- Supports the teaching staff by providing additional resources and services to aid curriculum delivery.
The library is staffed by a full-time qualified librarian, a full-time library assistant and a part-time library assistant. They are available to help boys with research at all times and the librarian liaises with the teaching staff to ensure adequate provision for current topics. The library is open throughout the school day.
Boys are taken for library study skills lessons when they first enter the school. They are taught how to use the library, how libraries are organised and how to research topics using hardcopy and electronic sources. Classes are encouraged to use the library at any time for study or quiet reading. The library catalogue and circulation system (Oliver) is available on the network. Boys are taught and encouraged to search it when looking for resources and to check details of library activities, clubs and competitions.
The library is well stocked with fiction and non-fiction books catering for Year 7 through to GCSE. The library runs two main reading activities, both of which give the boys the opportunity to get together with local schools. South East Schools’ Themed Book Award runs from October to March and involves reading five books from either a Teens category or Young Adult. Carnegie Shadowing runs from April to June. Boys are nominated by English teachers and read 8 books over 12 weeks, meeting weekly for lively discussion.
The library buys five daily newspapers, the local paper and various magazines for leisure and curriculum needs. There are also books and pamphlets on a variety of careers and other issues to help students think about their future.
Access to the Internet and various packages such as Microsoft Word, Publisher, Excel etc. is available in the library for research and homework. The Internet service is screened and the students are carefully monitored while online.
Sixth Form Library and Study Room
This library is situated in the Gill Madin Resources Centre along with the Careers Library and Careers Office. The Sixth Form Library caters for the A Level curriculum and provides books and journals geared towards exam success. Wider reading is encouraged to deepen knowledge, enrich exam technique and polish university interview performance. We encourage the development of independent learning, and teach students to retrieve and use data in a critical way. The library provides a quiet regulated setting to aid concentration and study, preparing students for the use of a university library.