Head of Department: Mrs M Musselwhite Steel

Library Staff: Mrs S Stevenson  

The Library

  • Provides resources in support of the curriculum of the whole school from Year 7 to 13.
  • Provides fiction that will develop a reading habit and encourage reading as a leisure activity.
  • Provides wider reading to support Sixth Form study.
  • English Department silent reading lessons are timetabled to use the library every week for Years 79.
  • Instructs students in information literacy and the importance of academic honesty.
  • 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. The Sixth Form have their own study room.

The library is open throughout the school day and is staffed by a full-time qualified librarian and a full-time library assistant. They are available to help students with research at all times, and the librarian liaises with the teaching staff to ensure adequate provision for current topics.

The library catalogue and circulation system (Oliver) is available on the network. Students are taught and encouraged to search it when looking for resources and to check details of library activities, clubs and competitions.

Computers are available in the library for research and homework. The internet is screened and students are monitored while online.

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 hard copy and electronic sources.

The library is well stocked with fiction and non-fiction books catering for Year 7 through to Year 13. Fiction and non-fiction books for A Level study are geared towards exam success. Wider reading is encouraged to deepen knowledge, enrich exam technique and polish university interview. Click for our recommended Reading Lists.

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 with around 14 schools taking part. It involves reading five books from either a Teens category and/or Young Adult category.

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. This culminates in a joint event with three local schools.

The library buys two daily newspapers to encourage students to read quality well- written articles and various magazines for leisure and curriculum needs.