The Library aims to meet the information needs of the school community and to provide a comfortable environment for academic study and recreational reading.
- The School Library is situated on the ground floor at the heart of the school and can be accessed from the external entrance on the side yard.
- There is comfortable seating for 36 students at study tables and capacity for a further twelve students at networked computers.
- The seating area is available at break and lunchtimes for students wishing to complete schoolwork or for general interest reading.
- Computers can be utilised at lunch time (two sessions) for catching up with school work.
- During lesson times the library is available for Sixth Form study and also curricular use by prior arrangement.
- There is also a relaxing garden area which can be entered from the library, complete with seating area, gazebo and calming water feature.
- Each pupil has an automatic right to membership of the library upon entry to the school in Year 7.
- By arrangement with the English Department, new members are introduced to use of the library in a series of induction lessons and are allowed to borrow up to two books of their choice for a two week period. Pupils are encouraged to have a fiction book available for reading during Academic Review.
The library is normally open from 8.45 am until 3.30pm each school day.
- 8.45-8.55am Open before school for book exchanges and stationery sales.
- Lessons 1 & 2 VIth Form study use and class visits by prior booking arrangement.
- 10.55-11.10am Open for book exchanges, study and stationery sales.
- Lesson 3 Sixth Form study use and class visits by prior booking arrangement.
- Academic Review Book returns only.
- 12.40-1.25pm Open for book exchanges, computer use, study and stationery sales.
- Lessons 4 & 5 VIth Form study use and class visits by prior booking arrangement.
The Library has over 10,500 books in stock, including 3,500 fiction titles.
The fiction section includes many of the latest releases and is arranged in alphabetical order of the first letter of the author’s surname. For example, Darren Shan is shelved alphabetically under ‘S’ in the fiction section.
The non-fiction section is arranged by the Dewey Decimal Classification Scheme which is common to most libraries. This entails each non-fiction book being given a number classification to identify it according to subject. Charts are displayed around the library to help find the correct location of non-fiction subjects. Non-fiction books range from A-level texts to general interest topics such as pet care and football.
Reference Only books such as dictionaries, encyclopaedias, handbooks and atlases are kept to be referred to in the library and are not available for loan.