Sunday Times Prep School of the Year 2013-14


The school library is a well-used and much-loved resource and curriculum area. It is located in what was the original dining room of John Galsworthy's 19th century house with its oak panelled walls, twelve-foot ceiling and elegant bay window seat; presenting an oasis of calm in the heart of our busy school.


The key role of the Library is to help foster and encourage a love of reading for pleasure and discovery through the provision of various genres of fiction and non-fiction. Our stock is vast and includes classic and contemporary fiction as well as books reflecting the taught school curriculum, hobbies and other interests including current affairs. The girls can browse editions of ‘First News’ and ‘The Junior Week’ newspapers. 

Class visits to the Library are timetabled weekly when girls may change or re-new their books. Our physical book collection is complemented by our ever-expanding online resources including Librarian (by Libresoft), the library catalogue, Britannica Schools Digital Encyclopaedia and Image Quest database of images, as well as OverDrive e-book and audio collection. Pupils in Years 4 - 6 are enrolled onto ‘Accelerated Reader’ - a reading program which promotes independent reading practice; pupils choose reading books from the library within their designated reading level and once finished take an online quiz to check their understanding.

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Our School Librarian carefully selects and manages our varied selection of books, physical and electronic, to cater for all reading interests and abilities. Pupils from Year 5 are encouraged to apply for and carry out the role of ‘Pupil Librarian’ on a termly basis and are fully trained up to carry out their assigned duties and assist fellow pupils and members of staff as needed. A recent project has been the creation of a new French Reading Corner, ‘Notre petit Bibliothèque française.’

Regular book events are organised by our Librarian, which include author visits and twice-yearly book fairs. We have enjoyed talks by Ian Beck, David Melling and acclaimed author of the ‘How to Train your Dragon’ series, Cressida Cowell. ‘World Book Day’ is a highlight of the school’s calendar with various activities planned to celebrate reading around a chosen theme; a whole school assembly and costume parade, a ‘readathon’, inter-class quiz competitions and literary themed lunches in collaboration with our creative catering team.


Britannica School & Image Quest: online encyclopaedia and image resource

Find out more about these resources by watching the Britannica School video here and Image Quest video here.

Librarian by Libresoft: our library catalogue which pupils can search from home enabling them to review and reserve books.

LoveReading4Schools: parents can view and purchase books from the school reading lists.

OverDrive: school e-book & audio collection, find out more by watching the OverDrive video here.