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.
Each student in Years 7-9 have a library lesson once a week 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 a 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 designated website and students have 24 hour access to online fiction and nonfiction.
Our online library, Borrowbox enables the BSKL community to download and borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks by way of digital loans. With the Borrowbox library app or website, you can browse, borrow and download international titles by authors from the comfort of your own home or when you’re out and about.
Students, staff and parents can log in here or download the app, and look at the books that are on offer, which are unlimited and free for all! There are many subject specific resources as well.
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.