The Library at Lunch, Break and Session 6 - a place to work, play chess or read.
Our modern, purpose built library is a special feature of the school and a focus for many learning activities both during and after school.
We are told that is is one of the best stocked libraries in the county and the ICT facilities provide access to a huge range of learning materials via the school computer network.
The library is supervised throughout the day and is open after school for Session Six 'Studyzone' from Monday to Thursday. This gives students the opportunity to do some homework, independent study and is a good time for some quiet reading. On Thursdays, we also run a Chess Club which is very popular.
Library Opening Times
Monday - 9.05am to 4.00pm
Tuesday - 10.05am to 4.00pm
Wednesday - 9.05am to 4.00pm
Thursday - 9.05am to 4.00pm
Friday - 9.05am to 3.00pm
Saturday & Sunday - Closed
During lessons, students need to bring a permission slip from their teacher to visit the library.
Library Manager: Mrs. P. Hazlehurst
Tel: 01952 468433 (Direct No)
The Library has a management system called Libresoft. It helps pupils keep track of which books they have borrowed and when they are due back. It also enables pupils to find out what books there are in the library to help them with their reading and their studies, good websites for research for homework etc.
When students log on to any computer whether in the school or at home, they can use Libresoft. Pupils can see the new additions to the library, and reviews by other pupils.
How to use the library
WHEN IS THE LIBRARY OPEN?
- At morning break (11.05am-11.25am)
- At lunch-time (1.25pm-2.00pm)
- During lessons : you will need permission from your teacher to visit at this time; you must bring a Permission Slip from your teacher with you.
- Session Six: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (Studyzone, Bookzone, Scrabble and Chess)
WHO MAY USE THE LIBRARY?
All pupils are welcome to use the Library at break, lunch-time and during Studyzone for school work.
ARE THERE ANY RULES?
There are not many rules, but one of the most important to remember is that the Library is a QUIET area and noise must be kept to a minimum. No food, drink, or computer games are allowed in the Library.
HOW MANY ITEMS MAY YOU BORROW?
Year 7 pupils will be allowed to borrow one book initially. When you have proved that you can bring things back on time, you will be able to borrow three books, one DVD and one CD. Sixth formers are asked to pay a deposit of £10. They then can borrow 6 books, one DVD and one CD/Audio-book.
FOR HOW LONG?
- Books: 3 weeks
- DVD: 1 week
- CD/Audio-book: 1 week
If needed for longer, then books, DVDs, CDs and audio-books can be renewed, twice.
BORROWING A BOOK/CD/DVD
Everyone has a Reader record. It has your name, tutor, address, birthday, and even your photograph!
- Take the item to the Issuing Desk.
- Hand the item to the Librarian.
- Tell the Librarian your name and tutor group.
- Please wait to make sure that the item has been taken out in your name and date stamped. This way no mistakes can be made as to whether you have returned a book.
There are no fines - but do not be mean. Bring back the book on time so that other people can have a chance to read it. If you have not finished with a book you might be able to have it renewed if it has not been requested by somebody else.
CARE OF BOOKS, DVDs AND CDs
No one likes to use dirty or damaged books, scratched CDs or DVDs, so please take care of them. The Library cannot afford to replace books, DVDs or CDs that have been damaged. If you lose or damage an item, then you will be asked to pay the costs of a replacement copy.
RESERVATIONS AND SUGGESTED TITLES
To reserve an item, use Eclipse!
- Log on to Eclipse
- Find the item you want,
- check whether it's in or out on loan
- If it's in, then please go and find it on the shelves
- If it's out, click the icon;
- It's now reserved for you!
- When the book is ready for you to borrow, then a letter will come in registration.
Suggestions: If you know of any good books (fiction or non-fiction) which you think would be useful in the Library, pop your ideas in the Suggestions Box and let us know the details.
UPPER SCHOOL/SIXTH FORM BOOKS
Some Fiction and Non-Fiction books are labelled 'Sixth Form or Upper School'. They may not be borrowed by pupils in Years 7-9 unless special permission has been given by the subject teacher, parent or the Librarian.
Library Book Categories
Fiction = STORIES
RED AND PINK SPOTS - KS3
Books that have a red or pink spot on their spines are appropriate for pupils in KS3; there will be the occasional book that has a 13+ sticker, and these are suitable for pupils that are 13 and above. There are a wide range of books that are shelved in the following genres: Adventure/Thriller; Animals; Ghost/Horror; Humour; Science Fiction/Fantasy; Sport; Teenage Issues/Relationships; War/Historical; Graphic Novels; Quick-Reads; Pre-20th Century Fiction.
BLUE SPOTS - KS4 AND SIXTH FORM
Blue spots on the spine indicate that these are for confident, mature readers. Books that have a 6TH FORM ONLY label on them are for people aged 16 and above.
If a pupil wants to read a book that is deemed unsuitable for their age, then parents/guardians can write a letter authorising the borrowing by their child.
Non-Fiction = FACTS
000-099 General Reference
The books in this section are general facts such as Guinness book of Records, Ripley's Believe It or Not etc. There is the ISSUES series which is an excellent resource for discussions and presentations as it covers topics ranging from 'Genetically Modified Future?', 'Mental Health and Well Being' to 'Travel and Tourism'. To back up opinions, we have the 'Fact Files' which is full of statistics and relevant information.
100-199 Philosophy, Ethics
Philosophy and Ethics are the values, morals and attitudes that you have about life. These books help you to think about ‘what is life?’, ‘what am I doing here?’, ‘animals, do they have rights?’, ‘stealing – is it good or bad?’
In this column, you will find books that cover a large number of religions and their beliefs. Here are a few: Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Christianity, Rastafarians.
300-399 Social Sciences
Social science covers a huge range of different topics! It looks at society and is a record of what we’re doing to ourselves, to others, and to the planet. Here’s just a few examples: Slavery; Law; Population; Fashion; Culture; Community; Forensic Science; Feminism; Third World; Human Rights.
As you have probably guessed, this section has books on English, French, German, Chinese, Arabic..and a few others. There are dictionaries, foreign language novels, revision books, and even books to improve your grammar!
500-599 Maths & Science
This is where you’ll find maths, chemistry, physical geography, physics and biology books. And lots of books about hurricanes, astronomy, animals and creepy insects.
Ever wanted to bake a lovely cream cake for your tutor? Would you like to know more about your pet hamster? You’ll find books on cookery, cars, planes, pets and textiles here.
700-799 The Arts/Sports/Hobbies
This is another huge area…here are a few examples: Art, Music, Dance, Photography, Netball, Martial Arts, Skateboarding, Acting.
Poetic Poetry, Proper Plays, Notes on Novels, Sizzling Shakespeare...
900-999 Geography and History
Discover life in Japan, France, Switzerland…we have information about lots of countries! And discover what our ancestors ate, wore and did from Ancient Egyptians to the Recent Past.
On this spinner, you’ll find Mizz, Simpsons, Cosmos, Flipside, Fresh Young Millionaire and lots of newspapers, such as The Mail,The Mirror, The Guardian, The i and The Times.
These books are too big to fit on the shelves, with the other books in their subject area. So, they are put on these special shelves which are tall enough for these books.
All about Shropshire and Telford.
A biography is the life story of a person written by someone else.
An autobiography is the life story of a person written by his/her self.
Autobiographies and biographies are mixed together and kept under the section called Biographies.