The school library is open during break, lunchtime and after school until 3.30pm each day. Pupils can use the resources for research, to complete homework or coursework tasks, to revise from or to read for pleasure.
Facilities include one interactive whiteboard, two digital screens, seating at tables for 55 pupils, a comfortable seating area for another 40 pupils, laptops and iPads.
The library boasts a large collection of books, from a range of different genres. The fiction section contains some of the latest titles, together with a good range of all-time classics. The non-fiction books are completely up-to-date and cover the whole-school curriculum, together with many general interest topics.
At the back of the library we have a careers office, where our Careers Advisor can hold appointments, interviews and provide current information on career paths and college courses.
For more information regarding our library, please contact Mrs M Wilson.
We are committed to bringing unique learning opportunities to our pupils and are pleased to introduce a new, free reading service providing digital books through Sora: a pupil reading app. The collection of titles in Sora is an extension of our physical library, with 24/7 access to ebooks and audiobooks. Pupils can download titles at home at any time with no concerns about misplacing a book or running up late fees, as digital titles are automatically returned at the end of the lending period. Once a title is downloaded, it can be read offline, therefore internet access is only required when selecting a new title. Classic fiction, manga novels, the latest popular juvenile or young adult fiction, revision guides and audiobooks are all available to our pupils through the free Sora app, which can be downloaded onto any tablet, smartphone or gaming device. Titles can also be accessed through the Sora website on any device, including computers and laptops.
Reading ages are used by teachers to make sure that texts are suitable for the ability of the class.
Each subject department has clear expectations for your reading, speaking and writing.
Pupils will be read to and read with.
Correct pronunciation and the meaning of any new or difficult words is taught to pupils before the text is read.
Wednesday 19 April 2023
Award-wining author, Tom Palmer, delivered sessions to pupils in Years 7 and 9 about the historical fiction novels he has written. Pupils learned about his creative process as a writer, including difficulties he has had to overcome. Pupils had the opportunity to purchase their own copies of Palmer’s latest historical novel at a discounted price.
Tuesday 21 March 2023
Pupils in Year 7, who have been involved in the Young Quills Awards judging panel, visited the Lancashire Archives in Preston. They had the opportunity to view rare documents, some of which were over 900 years old.
Thursday 02 March 2023
We celebrated World Book Day by gifting a new book to every pupil. In addition, a book swap was organised to take place in school during break and lunch times. Pupils in all year groups were encouraged to bring a pre-loved book to swap for a different book they wanted to read, at no cost to themselves.
Friday 03 February 2023
Pupils in Year 9, who were involved in the Lancashire Book of the Year judging panel, attended an event at Preston Archives. Pupils had the opportunity to discuss their opinions about the books they had read with pupils from other schools and were also given a tour of the site.
Thursday 26 January 2023
Pupils in Year 7 accessed a day dedicated to reading during Extended Learning Day. As part of their day, pupils attended a workshop delivered by children’s author Chris Martin, where they were given the opportunity to develop their comprehension skills and ask questions about the creative writing process. Pupils were also able to purchase copies of Martin’s latest book at a discounted rate.