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Kingsthorpe College boasts a huge library that is light and airy; it has high ceilings and skylights which give it an ultra-modern feel. It also has an outside terrace with benches and parasols for summer activities. It is stocked with the very latest titles in teen fiction as well as a complete range of ‘classic titles’. Students are able to recommend titles for us to buy and may purchase books themselves from the monthly Scholastic book club magazine.

Our library seats around 80 students comfortably and areas and shelving can be moved according to our needs. We have had the pleasure of holding some inspirational events, including meeting some amazing YA authors these include, Ifran Master, Joffree White, Ross Montgomery and Jim Kay. This year we have worked closely with Sara Grant who is not only one of our Bookbuzz authors but is also a lecturer in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths University London, and has been involved in providing workshops for KS4 students. 

Throughout the year the library is transformed to facilitate lots of different events including Harry Potter Night, Roald Dahl Events and World Book Day, students participate in different events that all centered around books and reading. During these events we hold lots of competitions and have many teachers, across departments involved.

Our school library is always busy, especially at break and lunchtimes. All of our students have the opportunity to take part in the many activities. Our weekly activities include; drawing club, games club, quiz team challenges, KC Book Bugs reading group and ‘Y’ Not Try; here students can try something new each week (often a craft or game). We hold regular competitions and student challenges throughout the year where students have the opportunity to win prizes.

For our year 7 and 8 students the school runs the highly successful Accelerated Reader programme. This programme allows students to read a book and then test their comprehension and understanding of the story by taking a computer based quiz. The program is delivered in timetabled library lessons and benefits everyone, as individual goals and targets are set according to ability. Students who participate fully in the programme have the opportunity to win prizes and to join our “Millionaires Club”.  

We have an excellent team of adult volunteers from the local community who give up their time to work within the library with readers who need help. We also run our Champions of Reading Scheme at tutor time.  This is where our sixth form students mentor our year 7 students and help them with reading and literacy skills.

For our 6th form students, the library offers a quiet working environment. Students have access to all of our resources, along with a dedicated area of 6th form books, careers and university information. The library provides study skills information, Harvard referencing sessions and help with revision.

Our opening hours are from 8.00am – 4.30pm daily.

Homework help is available daily at breaktime, lunchtime and afterschool and our team of librarians are always on hand to help and support. All of our students have access to our wide range of facilities, which include books, eBooks, online resources, computers and printers.

Last updated: 14 Mar 2021