The Library is staffed by our dedicated and enthusiastic librarian, whose role is to support independent learning in the school and to encourage students to maintain their interest in a wide range of reading material. The Library is a vibrant space, with active reading and learning an integral part of its routine.
Some areas and activities to highlight include:
- The Library holds a varied stock of popular children’s fiction and curriculum appropriate non-fiction to support homework.
- We have multimedia resources, including DVDs, audio CDs, and Kindles.
- Year 7 students undergo a programme of instruction in how to use the Library effectively.
- To support the maintenance of a reading culture throughout the school, the English curriculum allows for fortnightly lessons in the Library for Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9.
- In Year 8 and Year 9, Library lessons consist of book-focused activities, with chances to win prizes.
- The Library catalogue is networked throughout the school, allowing staff and students access from all computers on the site. It is also available from home via the Remote Access icon on the website.
- Students use their Smartcards to borrow books. All students are allowed to borrow two fiction books and two factbooks, each for up to two weeks.
- Students are welcome in the Library at break, lunchtime or after school to study, do homework or to read.
- Library and Literacy Leaders contribute to the displays in the Library and have had book reviews put on display in Waterstones.
- Library and Literacy Leaders also conduct student surveys and are involved in choosing Library stock.
- Book Week is held in November each year and includes visiting writers and competitions and we celebrate World Book Day with a range of exciting initiatives.
- Students have been involved in shadowing the Carnegie Medal (the national children’s book award) and the annual North Herts Children’s Book Award.
- Our Staff Challenge annually encourages all staff to read the latest books for young people.
- We hold a week of workshops for local Primary School students.
- The Library has a link to Scholastic, a very good supplier of children’s and young adult fact and fiction books. Every book bought via Scholastic will give us reward points to spend on books for our Library. So, while buying excellent resources for your children you support the school library at the same time. Please see the link below for details.
- Mrs Meike Perkins – Librarian