Everyone is welcome to the school library, where the librarian, Mrs Hopkin is happy to help with reading recommendations or homework solutions. The library is a quiet space for students who wish to study, research, read for pleasure or other learning activities. Many students choose to play chess or other education games during break. Independent study by all students is encouraged and the library is open after school every day for homework club. There are rewards for those using the homework club regularly.
On Fridays, the Book Club meet to discuss books. We read shortlists from the Oxfordshire Book Awards (OBAs) and from the Carnegie Medal. For the OBAs, each member tries to finish all the books on the shortlist and then have a debate as to which book was best. Our votes then count towards who is the winning author and in the autumn term we are invited to the Awards Ceremony to meet them.
Visit by Author Virginia Bergin
For World Book Day March 2016, we welcomed Virginia Bergin, author of the books Rain and Storm. She spoke to students in Year 7, 8 and 9 and really captivated them with her horror stories set in a dystopian future.
Lego and book token competitions
To celebrate World Book Day, students were also challenged to build book scenes out of lego and to enter the National Book Token design competition.
Harry Potter Day, 4 February 2016
The library desk turned into a potions lab, with ingredients for making liquid luck (felix felicis), polyjuice potion and veritaserum. Students were challenged to identify the real ingredients in each container.
Author visit from John Townsend, November 2015
John has written many books for all readers, however he is particularly good for writing books which appeal to boys who don’t like reading. He was very entertaining with lots of animal facts and the group of Year 7 boys really engaged with him.
Author visit from Amanda Craig, 9 June 2015
Amanda Craig is the author of Crog. Before her visit, Year 7 and 8 English classes studied a chapter from her book and designed their own front covers. The students enjoyed Amanda’s talk very much, as it was both interactive and interesting to see how she had used bits of history in her story.
Visit by Storyteller
For World Book Day 2015 we were very pleased to welcome a storyteller, who ran a workshop with Year 8s based on the Odyssey. Year 7s did some fantastic dressing up.
Visit by Author Joe Craig
We were very pleased to welcome the author Joe Craig into school for World Book Day 2014. Joe gave an hour long talk firstly to the Year 7s and then to the whole of Year 8 and kept them all entertained on how he became a writer and top tips on writing your own novel. Joe had lunch with some of the library assistants and then signed bookmarks and postcards for his fans. Year 7 were invited to dress up as their favourite book character, and during the week Year 7s and 8s were asked to write a 500 word story.