Library Manager– Mrs Harding
The Library is located in the centre of the school perfectly positioned at the top of the English corridor and offers a comprehensive selection of reading material for all year groups. We have over 24,000 resources, including a wide selection of non-fiction and reference material, a huge range of fiction books ranging from the classics to the most recent releases, a selection of current magazines and daily newspapers are available. There is also an Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) area including Post 16 & Post 18 options. The library is a comfortable and quiet environment for research and learning.
The college uses Eclipse.net – Reading Cloud, an online interactive library system, where pupils can access their library account, search for books and resources, reserve items of their choice from a PC in any area of the school and from home. Logging in from home gives pupils access to library searches, author videos, reservations and renewals.
Using the Library could not be easier; all the fiction books are arranged in genre order and for, non-fiction, by subject order. Mrs Harding is available from 8.45am until 3.45pm, so there will always be help during the school day to support learning and help you find what you want. You don’t even need to remember a library card as we use the same simple fingerprint recognition software as we do in our cafe.
In our view, a successful library is a busy, full library, where every pupil know how to access the resources, and uses those resources to enrich their studies, develop their skills as an independent learner making full use of the information and guidance on offer. We also want our pupils to read the wonderful books we have available for the sheer love of it. There is something here for everyone, but if there is a particular book or magazine that you would like to see in the library, just ask and we’ll see what we can do.
We work closely with the local primary schools and the library is proud to participate in an induction day for all Year 6 pupils who join Cromwell each year. Pupils from all year groups will frequently have lessons in the Library, using either the paper resources or the suite of computers. On Monday & Wednesday after school, a Homework Club supported by TAs runs from 3:20pm until 5pm. Reading groups also meet weekly reading shadowing the Carnegie book list annually. An induction to the Library is also offered to 6th form students who are considering joining Cromwell for their Post-16 studies. There is a printer for pupil use and we stock a limited range of stationery supplies at cost price which can be purchased through ParentPay. The Library organizes many competitions, taking part in fundraising events inviting local residents to the Macmillan Coffee morning including the annual Remembrance service.
Visitors to the Library will often be welcomed by one of our fabulous Pupil Librarians volunteering at the issuing desk, just one of the many roles they perform. Becoming a Pupil Librarian is a great way to meet new friends, develop social skills and become more confident. It gives pupils a real sense of responsibility, if individuals are interested in training to become a Pupil Librarian they should speak to Mrs Harding, who is always looking to welcome a new member to her team.
An induction to the Library is also offered to 6th form students who are considering joining Cromwell for their Post-16 studies. There is a printer for pupil use and we stock a limited range of stationery supplies at cost price which can be purchased through ParentPay.