The library is a busy, vibrant space which welcomes all students to engage with learning. Learning takes many forms in the library, for example, reading fiction books, completing homework, playing chess, playing Maths based computer games, etc. All students are welcomed and supported in their learning by an experienced library assistant who is able to help with research as well basic skills and equipment.
In conjunction with the English department, a new library development is the implementation of the international Accelerated Reader scheme. The scheme enables students to monitor their own progression and therefore take control of their reading development.
This is a new and exciting programme to make sure that the curriculum is able to be accessed by all students.
The library regularly welcomes around 100 students during both break and lunch times every day. It also runs a success homework club after school, which is open to all students. The homework club not only allows students a quiet space to complete homework but also access to their teachers.
Among the events in the library are:
- The Berkshire Book Award – best new book published chosen by KS3 students across Berkshire for KS3 students
- Shadowing of the Carnegie Book Award – best young adult book published run by CILIP (professional body for librarians)
- Celebration of World Book Week in conjunction with the Berkshire Education Library Service
- House Chess Tournaments
- Remembrance – students and staff are invited to write a message of remembrance on a poppy or a cross to create a display
- Author visits – students from different years and abilities are invited to experience seeing an author in person
Amongst all these exciting developments with students, the library also has an important role to support staff to maintain outstanding teaching. The support comes in many forms including the dissemination of resources, providing new school-wide online products and professional literature.