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The Library

We have moved to our brand-new school were the Learning Resource Centre is placed within the heart of our school community and has become an even more popular place to be. With over 4,000 books, a selection of magazines, First News newspapers, The Day online digital newspaper, 14 PCs and 16 laptops, we have something to offer pupils of all year groups. 

All pupils will be provided with a login and introduced to our online library catalogue, AccessIt. All pupils are encouraged to make book suggestions and orders, so we can stock a quality Library were pupils engage with reading for pleasure, as well as reading for learning. Books can be borrowed for two weeks at a time and can be renewed at any time at the LRC information desk. 

Each September pupils are welcome to apply to be a pupil Librarian. This is a fun and educational position that teaches teamwork, organisation, public speaking and responsibility. Our pupil Librarians play a very important role within the school community promoting the love of reading for both pleasure and learning.

All year groups will be able to visit the library in an allocated tutor time. During tutor visits, pupils are to return completed books, choose new books, read, and quiz on Accelerated Reader.

​​​​​​​The LRC runs a ‘Reading Challenge’ open to pupils in year 7 and 8. All pupils are encouraged to quiz, write reviews of books they read both in the Library and at home in order to support their year group with how many words read and to gain Achievement Points. 

We use Accelerated Reader (AR) which is a reading management and monitoring programme that aims to foster independent reading. The internet-based software assesses reading age, and suggests books that match pupils' needs and interests as well as challenging the pupil along their reading journey. Pupils take computerised quizzes on the books and earn AR points as they progress, which also means prizes.

​​​​​​​In addition, there are clubs, programs and competitions that pupils can take advantage of in the LRC throughout the year as well as author visits in person or via Skype.





Library online resources


Spellbinding Book Club

Are you a keen reader and would you like to read some of the most amazing recently published books?

If yes, then Mrs Jones would like to hear from you...

As a member of the club, you will have access to new ans recently published books and cake. You will be able to chat with other pupils about the books. We will be holding online events with some of the authors, competitions and more….!

Mrs Jones, Book of the Term...

Winner of 'Spellbinding Book Club' 2021 WRANGLESTONE By Darren Charlton

In a post-apocalyptic America, a community survives in a national park, surrounded by water that keeps the Dead at bay. But when winter comes, there’s nothing to stop them from crossing the ice.
Then homebody Peter puts the camp in danger by naively allowing a stranger to come ashore and he’s forced to leave the community of Wranglestone. Now he must help rancher Cooper, the boy he’s always watched from afar, herd the Dead from their shores before the lake freezes over.
But as love blossoms, a dark discovery reveals the sanctuary’s secret past. One that forces the pair to question everything they’ve ever known.

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