Our Library is a very important and highly valued area of the school. Pupils are encouraged to use the Library in lessons, before school, during the lunch period and after school. There are approximately 20,000 books in the Library, as well as audio books, a number of periodicals to support Sixth Form studies and magazines for general interest. The Library is available for classes to use for research. In addition, we can provide collections of resources for students to use in the classroom, especially if the Library is already booked that lesson. We have a number of computers available in the Library, allowing a combination of resources to be used for research.
KS3 Students have regular lessons in the Library to encourage reading. At the start of the year, they follow a programme to develop their library and information skills.
We have a state-of-the art computerised issuing system and catalogue, which allows students to write reviews for resources they have used. This is available to all students and staff through the VLE. Resources are issued using fingerprints, although cards are available on request.
We hope that giving pupils plentiful access and freedom to use the library will equip them to handle information easily and confidently. We also hope to encourage a love of books and an enthusiasm for reading in our pupils that will stay with them throughout life.
The Library has a vibrant section on the VLE. As well as allowing students to check their own library accounts and access the Library catalogue, there are links to online resources, author websites, videos of author visits and lots more.
In the Autumn Term, we hold a Library Week, focused on Year 7 students. Authors taking part in this in previous years have included Alexander Gordon Smith, Cathy Cassidy and Alex Scarrow. A number of other activities also take place, including the Book Mastermind Final and a Staff Book Mastermind competition.
All Year 7 students have the opportunity to participate in the Book Mastermind competition. The final of this takes place during Library Week and the winner is able to represent Copleston in the County competition. As part of Library Week we hold a Staff Book Mastermind at lunchtime, with the money raised donated to Children in Need.
We also offer a Junior Book Mastermind to our feeder primary schools. Each school holds its own competition, and the interschool final is held at Copleston.
As well as Library Week, we have hosted visits during the year by authors. These include Rick Riordan, Darren Shan, Curtis Jobling and Andrew Hammond.
We run a number of reading group style activities. Battle of the Books is targeted at Year 7 and 8 students and meets at lunchtime, and debates with other local schools some of the best fiction published in the last 5 years. This group also takes part in the Red House Book award. For Year 9 students, we take part in the Carnegie and Greenaway Shadowing Scheme, which is a major award for children’s fiction awarded annually. There is usually a joint meeting with other local schools on the day of the announcement of the national winner. Although these groups are targeted at specific year groups, any other student is welcome to participate.
During registration, the Mobile Library should visit Tutor Groups in Year 7 and Year 8 each week. This is an additional opportunity for these students to access the Library, as well as during their English lessons.
World Book Day
As part of World Book Day, every student is entitled to receive a £1 book token. These can be used towards the purchase of books, or can be exchanged for one of the specially produced books. We have a supply of these books available in the Library.
Copleston Reading Champions (CRC)
This is designed to encourage students to develop the range of books they are reading. Bronze is solely fiction—based, requiring students to read fiction books by 5 different authors. The later awards (Silver, Gold and Platinum) focus on various genres, and students can choose to look at non-fiction as well as fiction.
As students are expected to review the books they have read, this also develops their spoken and written skills.
Students can apply to become Student Librarians. This involves working in the Library during break and lunchtimes on a rota. This helps give students a sense of ownership in the Library and develops a range of skills and responsibilities.