Kirkham Grammar School Library is a reflection of the inclusive education provided by all staff. It is available to all members of the school community and it provides for academic research, curriculum support and 'reading for pleasure'. Our Library software ‘Accessit’ enables access to not only our extensive range of books but other media via websites and videos. Classes can be brought in to research particular topics and pupils are taught the skills to equip them as independent learners. There is a separate fiction section for both adults and pupils and this area is well used at lunchtime and morning break.The Library is open from 8.30 am until 5.15 pm.
Magazines are available as well as a Careers Section and the school archives. There are six computers and twenty tablets available to use with full access to the Internet.
A team of volunteers help manage the library. Training is given in using the library management system (Accessit) and library assistants are responsible for issuing and returning the books, planning displays and helping with shelving. It is a popular activity that is valued for the responsibility and work experience.
The pupils follow the Accelerated Reader Scheme which helps them to select suitable and enjoyable reading material from over 5,000 books! In addition to fiction, a good range of KS3 non-fiction books and online resources are available to support all curriculum areas and library-based projects are very popular. Pupils in the First and Second Years have one timetabled Accelerated Reader lesson per cycle where they visit the library. Third Years visit the library during an English lesson per cycle.
Every effort is made to encourage reading by ensuring that the fiction stock covers a wide range of genres. Computers are used for coursework and revision guides are available to help with exam preparation, together with practical advice when requested. Textbooks are available as reference copies and the use of support material is encouraged.
Sixth Form pupils can use the Library for both private study and leisure reading, and many pupils enjoy the excellent facilities. Pupils frequently explore the careers section and university prospectuses. Encouraging the development of research skills so vital for effective study at advanced level and university is promoted.
Author visits, World Book Day and Harry Potter Day are features in the school calendar along with many other reading promotion activities throughout the year. Keen readers are invited to shadow the 'Lancashire Book of the Year' Award and the Carnegie Book Awards.
Senior School Library Reading Lists
A Parent's Guide to Accelerated Reader