The Library

The school library is located in the heart of the school and provides a wide range of services for staff and pupils. The stock contains approximately 13000 resources, including fiction, non-fiction and reference, as well as audiobooks, DVDs and newspapers. The library also houses comprehensive careers information and displays of students work from across the curriculum. The study areas and IT suite are open for students to use during break and lunchtimes, before and after school, for quiet reading or homework.

In the Library we run the Accelerated Reader scheme which includes the students from the whole of year 7 and 8. This is a scheme which gives students a starting point via a Star Test and guides readers of all abilities to read materials suited for their individual needs, testing their own understanding once the book has been read in the form of a quiz. Points accrued by students within their own tutor groups are transferred onto a visual chart, with the leading group being awarded at the end of the term.

Book Buzz, is a reading programme from Book Trust which supports schools to encourage reading for pleasure, supporting independent choice and to develop a whole school reading culture. As a subscribing school each of the year 7 students will be given chance to choose and keep a free book from a selection of recently published authors chosen by the scheme.

Park School takes part in the annual Carnegie Book Awards, World Book Day, a week long Book Fair and other fun events to entice young people to use the Library and enjoy their reading time. During the Autumn Term and in conjunction with Appledore Children’s Book Festival we invite International Authors into the school to work with our students.

Various clubs and sessions are run during the term time, times and days of these will be displayed around school and booking forms will be made available for students to register their interest in attending.

This Library is here for the students to use in a quiet and comfortable setting, providing the materials they need to support their time here at Park School.

The Library opening times are 8.30am to 4.30pm on school days.