The Library is a bright and spacious area staffed by a chartered librarian three days each week and a support for learning assistant two days each week. There is seating for 50 at tables and in a soft seating area.
“Students who score higher on tests tend to come from schools which have more library resource staff and more books, periodicals and non-print resources, and where the instructional role of the librarian and involvement in co-operative program planning and teaching is more prominent.” The Impact of School Library Media Centers on Academic Achievement, Keith Curry Lance, 1999.
The librarian aims to provide the school community with a resource and information service that supports learning and teaching, and helps enable pupils to achieve their goals, specifically by: promoting reading for enjoyment, providing an appropriate range of resources to support learning and teaching, promoting and supporting the development of learning skills, and by promoting and supporting the use of ICT, ensuring that resources can be easily accessed by users, ensuring inclusion of all pupils by providing appropriate resources and a welcoming and supporting environment, promoting the Library to pupils and staff, liaising with other information providers and the wider school community, providing and maintaining areas conducive to independent study and providing resources to support applications to colleges and universities.
Supporting the Curriculum
The Library enables pupils to develop and practise the research and investigative skills that they will require for National 5 and CfE Higher and Advanced Higher. Integrated within the English and Science curriculums, S1 and S2 are introduced to critical research. Pupils investigate how to locate, select, and organise information using a variety of resources. These skills are further built upon in S3 to S6. From S2 onwards, pupils continue to receive support and make progress with research in all subjects via class, group or individual sessions in the Library.
All pupils are actively encouraged to spend time at home on reading for enjoyment by borrowing books from the range of resources, which have been selected to suit a wide range of interests and ability. Personal reading is actively promoted in the Library for pupils in S1-S4. Pupils visit the library every two weeks with their English classes. During this time they select personal reading from a well-stocked Junior Fiction collection. A well-stocked Senior Fiction area provides pupils with a wide choice of material from which to select for further study.
Mrs K O’Donnell (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
Support for Learning Assistant:
Mrs L Edwards (Monday & Friday)