Monday – Friday 9.00 – 3.30
The library in liaison with subject teachers works towards achieving the following aims:
- To support the delivery of the curriculum throughout the school.
- To provide a challenging, yet supportive environment to stimulate, maintain and develop a lively enquiring mind.
- To enable pupils to be familiar with a body of knowledge and information retrieval skills applicable to a wide range of sources including books and the Internet.
- To support teaching methods and to provide resources that allow all pupils (irrespective of their ethnic origin or academic ability) to have equal access to a wider body of knowledge and skills and to experience success and enjoyment in their work.
- To foster and encourage the enjoyment of reading as a leisure activity.
The library has a book stock of 10,500 volumes divided into four sections, junior fiction for years 7 and 8, senior fiction for year 9 and above, non-fiction arranged by Dewey Decimal Classification numbers 000 – 999 and reference only materials including encyclopaedias, dictionaries and atlases.
The library takes The Times & The Guardian (Monday – Friday in term time) and the Financial Times (Fridays only). Periodicals are purchased for the library in response to Departmental requests. Titles include The Week, Which, E. magazine, The Economist, BBC History and Corriere Della Sera. There is a small collection of DVD’s available for loan for which there is no charge.
What else is in the Library?
French and Italian reading collection of magazines, books and cassettes, Careers collection, Information about and forms to nominate for the Jack Petchey award and a range of resources for the liturgical board.
The library is equiped with several computers all of which have Internet access & are connected to the school Network so that pupils can access their files. There are also printing facilities available in the Library.
Photocopier 5P for A4, 10P for A3 and double sided copies
This is all carried out via an automated library package called Alice, so issues returns and overdues are all computerized. There is also a computer catalogue of library stock.
Members of staff can book the library for lessons by approaching Mrs. Honeyball.