With its high vaulted ceiling and calm supportive atmosphere, our beautiful new library, purpose-built by an award-winning architect, provides a vibrant hub for learning at the heart of the school. At break times and after school, it is a buzzing focal point for the school community and a favourite place for many students. Here pupils can study with no interruption, read, revise or relax with a magazine or book.
“The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.”
We aim to inspire the whole school community, students and staff in a lifelong love of reading and provide the books, resources and services to support students in their studies and academic research.
With a collection of over 15,000 books including fiction, non-fiction, eBooks and DVDs along with a wide selection of periodicals for study and pleasure, there is really something here for everyone. Literary and modern classics sit alongside current popular fiction and graphic novels. Book suggestions are always welcome and the fiction section is regularly upgraded. The library’s expanding collection of online databases is used extensively by Upper School students for independent research.
Our e-platform includes hundreds of young adult, popular and prize-winning digital fiction titles as well as ‘wellness’ and ‘listening’ collections and enables students and staff to take their reading with them, wherever they go.
“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
The library is open from 08:00 to 18:00 and is staffed during these times by a welcoming team of professionally qualified library staff. Pupils are encouraged to use the library throughout the day and the Sixth Form use the facilities for private study. Library staff work closely with the English department to host author days and special events and deliver library lessons for Lower School students in which they are introduced to new authors and genres to extend and develop their enjoyment of reading. The library also works collaboratively with other teaching departments to develop students’ cross-curricular information literacy skills.
“Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for a while.”
Malorie Blackman Former Children’s Laureate