Library News

Gold Standard awarded to Polesworth School Library

The School Library has recently been presented with the first Gold Award in a new national scheme to recognise the work of school libraries by Warwickshire Schools Library Service (SLS).  The Gold award is given for high-performing libraries, of which The Polesworth School has now proved itself a worthy recipient.

A spokesperson from SLS said, “We are thrilled that The Polesworth School is the first school to receive this new award, not only in Warwickshire, but in the whole country.   Polesworth’ s success is no surprise to us, as it reflects the dedication and experience of the staff and students involved with running the library and their vision for a high-quality resource at the heart of the curriculum.  It also shows the long-standing commitment of the school senior management team to provision of a study support centre for students.”

Head of School, Mrs Favell said, “We are delighted to receive the first Gold SLS-UK School Library Award via the Schools Library Service in Warwickshire, recognising the dedication of The Polesworth staff and student librarians.  This Award is further evidence of the high quality teaching and learning that takes place every day in our School.”

Welcome to The Library

The School Library reopened in May 2001 after an extensive refurbishment.  Since then it has gone from strength to strength and is now an integral part of school life for students and staff.

It provides broad, balanced and relevant resources to give students the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills to be effective lifelong learners.  The fiction section is kept well stocked with the latest and best of children’s and Young Adult fiction to encourage a love of reading.  There are Graphic Novels, Audio Books and DVDs, as well as a selection of magazines, periodicals and daily newspapers to cater for varied tastes.

The Library has a dedicated Sixth Form area  This has a wide range of resources to support Year 12 & 13 Courses and students are free to use this as a quiet study area at any time, when it is free.

There are 14 desktop and 15 laptop computers which can be used by students wishing to do research, complete or print off work.

Events throughout the year

Reading Groups (details available from the Library)

Author visits/Book Signings

Termly competitions & quizzes

World Book Day activities

Harry Potter Night

Book Promotions

Reading Awards

Librarian Training

The Stationery Shop

This is accessed through Parent Pay and items purchased can be picked up from the Library.  Please look at the Shop on the School Web page to find out what we supply and the prices.

Scholastic Book Club

This is run throughout the year.  A magazine is distributed every half term to students detailing books which can be purchased at discounted prices.  Students can then have these delivered into School at no extra cost to be collected from Library.

Opening times:

Monday – Thursday: 8.15am – 4.00pm

Friday: 8.15am – 3.30pm

A rota is in operation during lunchtimes as follows:

Monday – Year 7

Tuesday – Year 8 & 9

Wednesday – Year 7

Thursday –  Year 8 & 9

Friday –  Upper School

Year 10 and 11 may use the Library at any time to complete homework/coursework tasks.

Students can use the facilities before and after school, during break and lunchtime for book selection, research, homework completion or just for a quiet(ish) place to sit and read.  Alternatively, there are a selection of games; chess, draughts, Sudoku and other games to challenge the little grey cells.

Our mission is to provide a supportive, stimulating and safe environment, where students can research, do homework or just read for pleasure in a welcoming, calm and comfortable atmosphere.