In the Library department our aim is to encourage pupils to research and become independent learners, to read for pleasure and to enjoy our environment. Pupils and staff benefit from the wonderful facility that was opened in 2002 by the Earl and Countess of Wessex. The library is bright, open and spacious – a perfect place for reading, research and study.
A Resource For All
The Library is available throughout the school day. All girls may visit at break and lunch time. Supervised prep takes place each evening from 4.30pm to 5.30pm.
The stock includes books suitable for leisure reading plus resources to support the curriculum. There are books for loan and for reference, newspapers and periodicals, ten computers and a cuttings file. Teachers may book lessons and a project box can be provided to support research and teaching. Years 7 and 8 have a fortnightly lesson in the library and each girl has a reading scheme to follow in three stages – bronze, silver and gold and on successful completion a certificate is awarded in Assembly.
Events include an annual book fair and author visit. Via our liaison with the Education Library Service we are involved in several inter-schools events including a poetry competition, Year 7 quiz, design a book cover and a book group to shadow the Carnegie Award. Girls also participate in School Readathons, which are often held in support of different charities.
Girls can flourish through their involvement in reading groups which discuss several books throughout the term. This is a popular activity and provides girls with an excellent forum to debate and discuss novels from a variety of genres.