Our School Library offers a special and unique experience for students, one that aims not only to enrich reading for pleasure and enhance information literacy skills but also, more importantly, develop the well-being and happiness of the child.
We have over 7500 resources stocked in the library which are available to borrow. This includes over 3000 fiction titles that cater for every taste and reading level. We are particularly proud of our Information/Non-Fiction resources that can assist students in not only extending their knowledge of curriculum subject areas, but also help them learn about the wider world in which they live.
Our School Librarian, Mr Sheehan, strives to create opportunities that make reading an exciting and rewarding possibility! All Year 7 and 8 students receive a fortnightly library lesson where they will be immersed in the realms of classic and contemporary fiction. Each lesson focuses on a specific past or current book title. Mr Sheehan enjoys recommending book titles for those unsure what to read next. Events and activities are scheduled throughout the year, not just to celebrate World Book Day!
The Library offers 20 networked computers that are available throughout the school day. Mr Sheehan is very passionate about enriching students’ information and critical literacy skills, to assist students in their academic studies and to help them engage ethically in the information society. Sixth Form students are given comprehensive instruction and guidance on how to access, use and evaluate printed and electronic resources; essential skills for current and future studies.
The Library is open Monday to Thursday 8.00am to 4.00pm and Friday 8.00am to 3.30pm. Students are actively encouraged to use the Library throughout the school day, for both pleasure and research.
Year 7 and 8 library lessons enable students to initiate, cultivate and sustain a love for reading. They draw students into the world of stories, both classic and contemporary, spanning the various genres, a perfect accompaniment to the English Reading Challenge. Over the year students will produce work that creatively explores and responds to aspects of the fictional works covered during the lessons. Alongside this students are given opportunities to share and express opinions on what they have read to their peers. An essential part of library lessons is to promote the element of choice in reading as it allows students to take control of challenging themselves and their reading abilities. The library lessons will provide students with the ability to be, and to feel, empowered as they progress on their reading journey beyond Years 7 and 8.
Below are some of the books we have focussed on during library lessons:
And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie
Mary Poppins – P.L Travers
Poet X – Elizabeth Acevedo (alongside other titles from the Carnegie shortlist)
The Iron Man – Ted Hughes (Chris Mould edition)
Tales of the Unexpected – Roald Dahl