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Library & Information Centre


"When in doubt, go to the library"
(Ron Weasley in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J K Rowling)



Library Staff:

Information Centre Manager - Ms S Raybould BA MCLIP
Accelerated Reader Coordinator - Mrs A Samples
Library Assistant - Mrs R Huskisson BSc


The Library & Information Centre

The Library & Information Centre is central to the promotion of reading for pleasure, and to the development of information literacy skills, essential to independent learning. The library staff are very happy to help with locating information and advising on recreational reading.



The resources in the Library include:

  • Fiction and Non-Fiction
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Reference books - including online resources
  • Careers resources
The Library uses the Eclipse Library computerised management system, for the recording and circulation of resources. Most items may be borrowed; students in KS3 & 4 may borrow 3 items for 3 weeks, whilst Post 16 students may have 6 items for 6 weeks.


The Centre also houses a bank of thirty computers, available at any time, unless they are being used for a lesson.

Opening Times:

The Library & Information Centre is open throughout the school day, including breaks, lunchtimes, and after school until 4pm on Mondays to Thursdays, and 3:30pm on Fridays. Students are welcome to use the facilities for homework, reading, or choosing books.



Throughout the year, there are many opportunities to take part in various library activities such as Reading and Writing Groups and a chance to join in with the Carnegie Book Award shadowing group.

Visits by authors, performance poets, storytellers and illustrators, form an exciting part of our programme to promote a love of the written word.

All of our year 7, 8 and 9 students take part in the Accelerated Reader scheme.


Accelerated Reader:

Accelerated Reader is a reading scheme designed to create a culture of reading and to accelerate learning through reading. How does it work?


  • Every term each student takes a STAR test. This tests looks at understanding, comprehension and vocabulary to determine a student’s reading level.
  •  The STAR test then generates a Reading Range—a range in which a student will be able to read, understand and be challenged in their reading.
  •  Books have been analysed to find their book level. Students then pick a book that has a level within their reading range to read. A student will do 20-30 minutes of reading a day, in lesson time, form time and as homework.
  •  After finishing the book, the student takes a fun online quiz. This shows how well the student has read and understood the book.
  •  Staff monitor each student’s progress regularly to support them in their reading.

Research has show that sustained reading every day can improve a child's reading age, concentration and reduce stress. Through reading, we hope to enhance student learning throughout the school and give students a life long love of books and literature.


Accelerated Reading Booklet