Our Library is a central hub for the school.
In 2019, the library was completely renovated, creating a warm, modern, and open space for pupils to study, read and learn in. Spread over two floors the library area provides a mix of formal work space and comfortable quiet reading areas.
The library is home to over 15,000 books, including fiction, non-fiction, magazines, and academic texts, providing students with a wealth of learning, and reading opportunities. The library also subscribes to databases and resources specifically for Upper School and Sixth Form students, such as JSTOR and MASSOLIT.
The library is open from 8.00 am to 5.15 pm each school day. We also have an e-library available to students for use in the school holidays.
Throughout the year, the library organises author visits. The most recent include:
Award-winning children’s author Tom Palmer (and his dog, Finn!) joined us on Zoom in January 2021. Palmer has written over 50 books, with the most recent three focusing on historical fiction, specifically the Second World War and child survivors of the Holocaust. Students learnt how Tom Palmer researched his ideas for the books, shared some invaluable writing tips and told them all about his latest novel ‘After the War’, a book based on the lives of three holocaust survivor children, who move to Britain after the war (one of whom came to Southampton!)
First Year Pupils were treated to a virtual visit from author Maz Evans, who read a chapter from her Waterstones book of the year, ‘Who Let the Gods Out’. This event was planned as part of our Extended Studies programme, promoting the idea of mindful reading. Pupils were then able to ask questions to Maz Evans about the book, concept of the story and the writing process.
The library recruits library leaders each year, who are at the forefront of running their library. They are reading role models for their peers and help the librarians with their daily jobs around the library. Library leaders get the chance to be involved in organising literary events, literary festivals, trips to the British Library and exclusive competitions. Eventually our library leaders are responsible for the desk and helping other students (and staff) with book choices and recommendations.