Our large and vibrant Library, also known as Powell's Learning Centre or the PLC, forms a valued central resource within the school, providing study and research facilities and many additional services for all pupils and staff. With over 10,000 carefully selected resources on a wide variety of subjects, we are sure there is something for everyone. We use Access-it Library Computer lending system which makes selecting and finding books very easy.
Pupils can use the library for quiet reading, studying and doing homework, researching, computer work or looking at magazines and newspapers.
We have a small number of Key Stage 3 Pupil Librarians who help the librarians at break and lunchtime. Pupils can apply to be a pupil librarian in September/ October.
All Year 7 pupils use the Accelerated Reader programme from Renaissance Learning; we have been using this application for 3 years and it continues to be very successful in raising pupil’s achievement in reading.
Accelerated Reader is a computer programme that helps us manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Each child selects a book at their own level, reads it at their own pace and takes a short quiz on the computer: passing the quiz is an indication that they have understood what they have read. Feedback based on quiz results helps teachers and librarians to guide a pupil, to set goals and to direct ongoing reading practice. Pupils can be guided in choosing books at an appropriate reading level that is challenging without being frustrating.
Year 7 pupils currently have 30 minutes each week during Additional English lessons in which they can read independently and complete Accelerated Reader quizzes. The most successful pupils commit to read at least 20 minutes per day. Pupils are able to continue their reading during break times, lunchtimes and after school. In addition, we run a very popular AR Club for interested Year 7s during lunchtimes in the PLC - pupils should ask in the PLC for more information.