"The objectives of the National Curriculum will be best supported in those schools which have a broad, balanced and up-to-date provision of library books and resource materials". DCSF 1989
We aim to:
- Support the curriculum by providing resources in all media at all levels of age and ability.
- Provide pupils with the necessary information skills to successfully utilise these resources.
- Promote the enjoyment of reading books through, fiction, non-fiction and current news platforms.
- Provide a pragmatic and successful use of Information and Communication Technology.
The Library has approximately 21,000 resource items, including popular fiction, non-fiction, biographies, reference books and four daily newspapers, more than twenty journals (many targeted to the GCSE and A Level syllabus).
All Year 7 pupils have Information/Library Skills lessons from the Librarians. The aim is to make all pupils at ease in the Library and able to undertake their own research, retrieving information and using it successfully as independent learners. There are also regular timetabled visits to the Library with their English teacher, with organised promotions to encourage a wide range of reading, such as the opportunity to shadow books short listed for the Carnegie Awards.
Information and Communication Technology
In the ICT Suite there are thirty networked computers available and 16 Ipads for student and staff use; all provide Internet access.
The Library catalogue is available across the school network with all resources key worded for ease of information retrieval. Relevant articles in back copies of periodicals are indexed, to assist students with wider reading for subjects.