“It has been demonstrated that when teachers and librarians work together, students achieve higher levels of literacy, reading, learning, problem solving and information and communication technology skills”

UNESCO/IFLA School Library Manifest 2000 

The Library supports teaching and learning across the curriculum in a variety of ways, with an especially good grounding being provided at Key Stage 3.

The Reading Scheme (individual to our school and our girls) is followed during the first three years in senior school by the girls with an emphasis being placed on developing a love of reading and encouraging the girls to read a range of titles.

This is complemented by the Transferable Skills Lessons which take place through History and Geography helping the girls to develop skills which aid independent learning. 

"The Humanities Transferable Skills programme was trialled successfully in 13-14 with U3 and L4 students and has already developed more advanced independent research skills amongst our students, leaving them better equipped for the academic challenges of GCSE, A Level studies and Higher Education. The skills developed within these sessions should benefit students across all of their subjects, not just within the Humanities".

The skills learnt and practised in the lower part of the school are further developed in the Sixth Form, especially through the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) where girls produce an independent piece of work of their choosing.

A number of events take place throughout the year in the Library including Book Week, author events (recent visiting authors have been Sophie McKenzie, Gemma Malley and Rosie Rushton) and the shadowing of both the Carnegie and Greenaway Book Awards.

Book Club runs throughout the school year and is jointly run between the English Department and the Library.

We hope to promote and encourage the joy of reading (along with the educational benefits that reading develops) as well as an independent attitude and approach to learning that will take girls onto university and beyond.