Library Assistant: Miss Emily Pike
Our large library is well stocked with fiction and non-fiction books. The fiction is organised into both genre areas as well as an alphabetical by author section. Our books cover a wide range of reading levels and we regularly update our books enabling us to stock up to date, recently published fiction.
We hold a vast selection of dyslexia friendly fiction, books by popular authors and also a classics section.
Our non-fiction is interesting and has a dedicated area of the library. A perfect corner of the library hosts the self-care and well-being books which are regularly used and feature some great fiction books as well as the usual non-fiction.
We hold current young people’s newspapers and magazines varying from Teen Breathe to FourFourTwo and Farmers Weekly.
The careers section featuring prospectus’ and career and job related books is also located in the library.
There are two main areas in the library, which can be used by all students and staff, one area is a more social space with comfortable seating and a great space for small groups. The other section is used as a teaching room during lesson time and provides a great space for individual work, revision and completing homework. Laptops can be borrowed at break and lunchtime if students require one.
Current clubs and activities:
Monday: Book Club. All years welcome. 3.30-4.30
Tuesday: Board Games Club. All years welcome. 3.30-4.30
Every day: Revision space, independent learning, small group working, reading.
On 1st September, the school took over the running of the Refectory from an outside company that has run it for the last 9 years. The school felt that operating this in-house would lead to a number of benefits including:
- Increased student and staff input into the range of products offered
- Increase the take up of students using the Refectory
- Utilise local suppliers for the sourcing of provisions
- Ability to set our own pricing structure
- Expand provision of catering to include school and community activities on the site.
There is a choice of main meals and deserts which are available each day, along with a range of hot and cold food including jacket potatoes, pasta or rice dishes, assorted sandwiches and rolls, wraps, fruit and assorted drinks.
Initial feedback from students has been very positive to the change. The House Councillors at their latest meetings overwhelmingly approved the new arrangements, in particular the new pricing structure. We have seen a significant increase in the number of students using the Refectory and enjoying the range of food on offer.
We see this as the start of the process to provide an improved facility for all, and plan to involve student and staff representatives in the future development of Our Refectory.