Our award-winning library is located at the heart of the school and is very popular with pupils and staff who enjoy studying and reading here. It is a beautiful space housed over two floors with a choice of study areas, and is extremely well-resourced with frequently updated books, magazines, DVDs and online resources. It is also well-equipped with PCs, laptops, and printing facilities. The Library aims to provide a broad spectrum of resources not only to support the academic curriculum but also to support pupils’ interests and well-being.
The encouragement of reading for pleasure is also a central focus. The range of fiction varies from graphic novels and manga to classics, with a wide range of best-sellers and literary award winners to suit all pupil abilities and also staff tastes. There is an emphasis on contemporary YA fiction. We provide a range of activities to encourage pupils to develop a love of reading starting off every September when all year 7 pupils take part in the Booktrust’s BookBuzz initiative. We have a very successful library book club WRAITH which has groups representing every school year, with each group meeting twice a term. Pupils also take part in shadowing the Carnegie Award, and get involved with the annual Worcestershire Teen Book Award. Every year we welcome popular authors to our school for inspirational events. Recent authors have included Michelle Paver, Cathy Cassidy, Lauren St John, Alex Scarrow and Jonathan Stroud. This year we are very excited to be hosting visits from Megan Rix (for local primary schools), Clare Balding and Michael Grant!
The Library is open throughout the school day from 8.00 until 5.50pm. During lessons, students visit either as Sixth formers working independently or as classes either researching curriculum topics or choosing fiction. The Library is a popular place for homework after school. Sixth Formers have their own study space, the Bolland Room. All Year Seven pupils receive a full induction to the Library and all U6 students are introduced to research skills.
During the year we celebrate national events - running competitions and providing displays for National Poetry Day and World Book Day. We also provide displays and resources for initiatives supported by the school such as World Mental Health Day, Safer Internet Day, International Women’s Day, Anti-Bullying week and Holocaust Memorial Day.
The Library is well-staffed with a team of three, including two professional Librarians.