The Library is a treasured and well-used resource that sits at the very heart of the school in every way; it is sited centrally, is open to view from the upstairs gallery and the foyer and functions as a pivotal place for learning, research and relaxation!
There is a wide range of fiction stocked in the main area, a weekly newspaper and a variety of magazines. Open most days of the week at lunchtimes and manned by a team of willing and enthusiastic parents, children are encouraged in by the comfortable seats and the lovely atmosphere which the Library exudes. Additionally, every pupil has a lesson in the Library once a week when books are shared and reading challenges negotiated.
Year 5 pupils are offered the chance to be Librarians and they respond very positively, becoming adept at issuing and returning stock as well as putting together displays and advising their peers on what to read. They also advise the Librarian on what new books to purchase; the stock changes quite regularly.
There is an extensively stocked non-fiction section in the lower corridor and there are computers available for extra research and educational activities. The Library has run Book Weeks and competitions, organised a Guinness World Record to hold 'the largest reading lesson in a single venue' in conjunction with Combe Down Primary School and the writing of a whole school anthology, 'Knock Your Socks Off!' Visiting authors are welcomed and celebrated. We are lucky that reading is enjoyed by so many of our pupils and that the Library is a very popular place to be: the hub of school life.