Library Information

When is the library open?

The library is open from 8.00am until 4.00pm every day except Friday, when it closes at 3.30pm.

How do I borrow stuff?

Easy! Simply choose your items, bring them to the reception desk, and the Librarian, or Pupil Librarian on duty will issue them for you.

How much can I borrow?

You can have up to two items on loan at any one time.

How long can I keep stuff?

Most books are loaned for three weeks at a time. The date they are due back will be stamped on to a label at the front of the book. Some books in high demand, as well as audiobooks and kindles, are only issued for one week. This will be made clear to you at the time of borrowing.

What if I return stuff late?

If you are late returning items, you won’t be fined but you will get a reminder letter in your register on Monday morning, and be unable to borrow anything else in the meantime. We will also send a text reminder to your parent/carer. If after two reminders the item still isn’t returned, a letter will be sent home, and eventually your parent/carer will receive an invoice for the cost of the missing item.

How do I find the books I’m looking for?

You can search eLibrary to see if we have the book you want, and where it is located on the shelves. Non-fiction (information) books are numbered by subject area, and fiction books are shelved alphabetically by Author. Ask Mrs Bell or one of the Pupil Librarians if you need help!

What resources are there apart from books?

We have a range of magazines, a daily newspaper, laptops, board games, colouring sheets and more.

How do I use the PCs?

You are welcome to come and use the computers during opening hours on a first-come-first-served basis. Simply log in using your school account details. Library computers are for schoolwork only, with one student per computer.

Are there any games in the Library?

Yes, we have Chess, Draughts, Scrabble and Connect 4.  If you’d like one of the board games, just come and ask at the Enquiries desk.

Are there any clubs I can join?

Yes! We have Book Club which meets on a Wednesday lunchtime, and Books For Brekkie which meets on Tuesday breaks and includes a free cup of hot chocolate! From January to June we also have the Spellbinding Club, meeting alternate Thursday break times.

Rules of the Library

To enable everyone to enjoy the facilities the Library has to offer, all students are expected to follow these simple rules:

  • Leave coats and bags in the Cloakroom.
  • No food or drinks except for water may be brought in to the Library.
  • In the IT room, strictly no food or drinks at all.
  • Keep noise to a minimum.
  • 'Phones and other smart devices may not be used in the library out of class time.
  • Respect the resources and take care of what you use, putting it back when you have finished with it.
  • Do not run around or behave inappropriately.
  • Abide by the School's Acceptable Use Policy when using the IT facilities.
  • Computers in the IT room are for school work only. If you are playing games, you may have your screen locked or be logged off.
  • The beanbags are reserved for quiet reading, and are strictly limited to one student per bag.
  • Tidy up after yourself and don't leave litter.
  • Make sure you properly check out any resources you want to borrow.
  • You are responsible for the condition and safe return of any item you borrow from the Library. Failure to return the item, or significant damage, will result in an invoice being sent home.

The strengthening of care and support has had a positive impact on most pupils. It was clearly visible when inspectors met pupils during the inspection. They demonstrated confidence as learners, and typically enjoyed positive interactions with one another and adults.

Ofsted 2018

Leaders’ plans to support the pastoral transition of pupils from primary school are thorough. Year 7 pupils with whom Inspectors spoke were positive about the school.

Ofsted 2018

Pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development is effective.

Ofsted 2018

Leaders have taken positive steps to widen pupils’ participation in the range of cultural, creative and sporting activities that take place beyond lessons, including for the significant proportion of pupils who do not live locally.

Ofsted 2018

The support for pupils with an education, health and care (EHC) plan is matched to their specific requirements. Consequently, these pupils typically make good progress and move on to next steps in education and employment.

Ofsted 2018