The Vanbrugh Library at the Senior School holds a stock of over 12,000 books, eBooks, DVDs, periodicals and newspapers. A suite of 23 PCs provides access both to the internet and to a variety of subscription-based online resources such as Britannica, The Economist and New Scientist. AccessIt, our searchable library catalogue of all resources, is available via the school intranet and iPads and can be accessed by pupils working from home.
Our library is modern and airy and is a popular and well-used resource. It is a welcoming, comfortable and attractive space and is open throughout the school day for Sixth Form private study, whole class use and individual research tasks. At lunchtime and after school, all pupils may use the library to study, complete homework, choose resources or relax and read.
Pupils are encouraged to make the most of their library and of the wider world of information through a structured approach to the teaching of information skills. In addition, personalised reading lists, promotional work by the Kimbookworms, competitions and quizzes, all aim to help pupils develop a love of literature.
Regular visits from authors provide workshops for pupils of all ages. Such activities serve as a catalyst for creativity and help to inspire pupils to further explore the world of literature.
Recent author visits include Chris Priestley, Geraldine McCaughrean, Gemma Malley and Justin Sedgwick.