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Libraries

The development of the libraries at BSKL has always been about creating an inspiring atmosphere, catering for all types of students with many different reading tastes. 

We are fortunate to have three unique libraries on campus; one for Early Years and Primary Infants (Key Stage 1), one for Primary Juniors (Key Stage 2) and another for Secondary, including Sixth Form. The libraries are specifically designed and tailored for each level, with full time teacher librarians to help support and develop a love of reading and learning in the students. 

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Early Years & Primary

In the Early Years and Primary libraries our main aim and overriding passion is to promote reading for pleasure, enabling our children to form a habit of reading and a love of books. To achieve this objective we have provided a stimulating, safe, relaxed and supportive environment for the children to enjoy. Here is an overview of the work we do:

  • The Primary library provides access to good quality reading material that engages, extends and enraptures readers.
  • Every class from Year 1 to 6 has a weekly library lesson delivered by a fully qualified and experienced primary school teacher in which they are introduced to various authors, genres and reading material that they may not normally choose to read.  
  • As well as widening their knowledge and their understanding of the world this helps to develop an awareness of the importance of books and other resources as a means of recording and sharing human achievements and aspirations.
  • Included in these library lessons are also opportunities for children to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to access the library resources.


Both libraries (EY/Infants and Junior) have been carefully designed to make the most use of natural light with the shelves running perpendicular to the windows. Wide walkways between the shelves create a stress free environment where the children can take their time to browse the large and ever expanding collection of both fiction and nonfiction books.

The new Infant library boasts attractive purpose-built, low-level shelving for picture books that provide easy and safe access. There is also a designated non-fiction area complete with it’s own ‘reading tower’. The non-fiction books are arranged in topics using a pictorial system. Even the youngest children can now easily find or return books to the correct shelf.

In the Junior (KS2) library many areas of ‘lounge style’ seating are provided as well as a designated lounge area where the magazines and picture books are shelved. These areas have proved very popular with the children. Before school, at break times, lunchtimes and after school they are full of children reading quietly or sharing and enjoying books in a relaxed and informal setting.

Secondary & Sixth Form

The Senior Library provides the hub of learning at the centre of our Secondary School, enriching and supporting the teaching and learning curriculum for Years 7 to 13. Our aim is to develop students’ life-long love of independent learning and enquiry. Our library is a gateway to digital and information literacy skills - a place for students to explore innovation in the world around them through our print, digital and audio-visual collections.

Reading Programme:
Each student in Years 7-9 have a library lesson once a week and Years 10-13, once a fortnight to develop their love of reading, to provide intervention to increase their reading progression; and to develop students’ research skills. Progress is checked weekly and recorded on the reading log. 

Recommended Reading Lists:
Our students are passionate about reading fiction and we motivate them by continually updating our titles from a broad range of world literature and categorising our collection so they can find what they love to read. We encourage them to review books on our OPAC system, Destiny Follett. 


Digital Literacy Programme:                                                                                               
Our students are living in the digital age and we help them to navigate this by developing their digital literacy. These technology skills are used across the curriculum as part of their learning development. We have our our designated website and students have 24 hour access to online fiction and nonfiction.

Where to read and study:                                                                                      
Students attend a range of enrichment and social activities in the various library zones. It is a flexible place where we adapt to the developing needs of our students. We are foremost a learning centre but of equal importance is our students need to relax and grow in a nurturing environment. Displays with clear signage are regularly updated and we work with a design company to evolve as a space. We have designated study areas, work pods and a quiet reading room.