The Cotswold School’s Library is open from 8.15am until 5.00pm every school day, offering homework support after school from Monday to Friday.
The Library caters to the whole school community and is a place for quiet work and reading for all, with a mezzanine floor available to students in the senior years for study and research.
“They [pupils] are encouraged to read widely at home and in lessons, and have access to a very popular, well-resourced library.” – Ofsted Report, 2015
The shelves are well stocked with both fiction, non-fiction and set texts for the variety of subjects on offer throughout the school. New books are added to the shelves regularly while you can always find today’s national and local papers.
The innovative Librarian, Mrs Williams, is a mine of information and is readily available to recommend books and reference guides to all our students. She operates a fantastic system which allows her to quickly locate any title, author or subject … and she is regularly tested by our Library users!
Student involvement in the running of our school library has never been so active with 11 pupils, Year 8 and above, as student librarians with a waiting list as it is a popular role! This also can form part of the Duke of Edinburgh volunteering section.
To support, inspire and encourage pupils reading, the Library have produced three Key Stage 3 reading lists which you can view by clicking on the links below:
Mrs Williams, School Librarian
Our Library operates ‘Eclipse‘ – a state-of-the-art library portal that can be accessed by students and staff from PCs in school, at home and on mobile devices (available on Google play, App Store and Windows Store). Never has the school Library been more accessible. Pupils can reserve books, track their lending, write reviews, check what is new on the shelves and what is in and out. The system will make reading recommendations based on previous reading choices and so much more.
On its ground floor, the Library has a very useful bank of 15 networked PCs and a printer. These are available for students to use before and after school, during breaks and lunchtimes, and throughout the school day with the permission of the Librarian and when the PCs are not otherwise being used by classes. Usage of the PCs is regarded as a privilege and they may only be used for school work, relevant research and homework. Students are also welcome to print off their work – something which comes in very handy when home printers break down and homework is due!
We were the first School in the county to facilitate a link between the School and the County Library Service. You can join the County Library via the School Library and allows access to a vast catalogue resource.