The highly popular LRC is light, modern and airy but retains wonderful period fireplaces and ceilings – the best of both worlds.
The LRC is staffed from 8.30am – 5pm Monday to Friday, so there is always someone on hand to help and advise students.
As the name suggests, the LRC is more than a traditional library. We have nine computers, which are linked to the school network and the Internet. We also have a quick reference ‘Cyber Corner’ where the girls can check emails and quickly reference any information they need.
There is an excellent stock of contemporary and classic fiction, which is reviewed regularly, but also an increasingly wide range of other resources – over 10,000 items at last count – including non-fiction books, subject-related resources such as textbooks, reference material and magazines. DVDs, videos, pop, classical and jazz CDs and talking books may be borrowed on a short-term loan, for which there is no charge.
As girls move up through the school they are encouraged to make increasing use of LRC resources, both for projects and coursework and to broaden and extend their general knowledge. Teachers may bring a whole class into the LRC to research a topic or send individuals or small groups to do independent study.
LRC staff actively encourage and promote reading for pleasure and in conjunction with the Schools Library Service run book reading groups which shadow both the Carnegie Award and the Warwickshire Book Award. We ensure that we have available material to suit all tastes, compile lists of recommended fiction (see below), and display reader reviews. The LRC also displays pupil’s artwork, curriculum supporting information, local theatre information and useful study/information websites. English teachers bring Years 7, 8 and 9 to the LRC once a week for a quiet reading lesson.
"The strong relationships between staff and pupils are extremely effective in recognising the pupils’ individual needs."Independent Schools Inspectorate