Pupils in the Senior School and Sixth Form benefit from considerable resources in The Basil Blackwell Library which opened in 2005. Located in the Colin Sanders building, the library is a bright and welcoming space, with individual work areas, an archive room and computer facilities. It is open to pupils Monday-Friday from 8.00-17.30.
Senior School Library team:
The Junior School library is a welcoming, vibrant space used by all boys and staff across the school. Our aim is to develop a life-long love of reading in all pupils by encouraging them to explore and embrace a wide range of literature in different genres.
The library has a dedicated librarian and is open throughout the school day to ensure easy access to exchange and borrow books. All classes in the lower school years enjoy one library lesson a week with the librarian to nurture varied reading and allow time to discuss personalised reading recommendations. Reading lists are produced and updated regularly and then shared with pupils and parents through the school portal.
The library is open at break and lunch every day and pupils and are welcome to visit and use the space to read or study quietly. The library is also used to host a variety of clubs throughout the week to supplement the variety of activities on offer in the school.
Promoting ‘Reading for Pleasure’ is a continual focus across the school, and to this end, the librarian organises a range of activities across the school year: there are reading challenges set through termly newsletters; book award shadowing groups; author visits and themed literary days where the whole school celebrates reading.
The pinnacle of the school year is always World Book Day where the JS mark the days with a whirl of literary-themed activities, all done in book character dress up – staff included!
Junior School Library Team: