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Holmer Green Senior School

Holmer Green Senior School

Library

Accessit - click here (access to the library catalogue for students to be able to access reading lists, put books on hold, and take a look at what's available in the LRC)

Librarian: Ms J Bamforth

The Library is open every day for students to choose books, and to do homework and research.  We are open before and after school as well as at break and lunch for general access:

  • Monday to Thursday 8.30am – 4.30pm
  • Friday 8.30am – 4.00pm

A librarian and a team of student librarians from across the year groups are here to help students to get the most out of the library.

Resources

Whole School Text Book List (click here)

We have over 7,000 books to choose from, including the latest in popular KS3 fiction and a wide range of curriculum nonfiction support.  Students can borrow up to 2 books at a time, and more if they wish when they are in the habit of returning books regularly.

Students can reserve books which they want to read, and make suggestions for new books to be purchased for the library.

We have 40 networked computers with free black and white printing.

We are fortunate to have a separate silent study room as well as our large open plan space with the computer suite and study seating for 40 students.

Reading

KS3 English classes visit the library once a week for a silent reading lesson and to have the opportunity to choose new books.   

A key element of these reading lessons is the Accelerated Reader (AR) programme for Years 7, 8 and 9.  This computer based programme tests student’s reading ages, and suggests a range of levels of books for a student to read, some of which will be in the student’s comfort zone, and others which they will find more of a challenge. Upon completion of reading an AR levelled book, students take a comprehension quiz and earn points towards their personalised reading goal.

The AR programme allows teachers to monitor individual performance and motivation.

Choosing books

All students, parents and staff have access to our library management system web app which has a wide range of information about the school library. The Accessit app can be used to:

  • Browse the whole school library collection
  • Search for books within specified Accelerated Reader levels
  • Check which books borrowers have out on loan and see when they are due back
  • Check on a borrower’s loan history, to see what they have been reading
  • Find out what’s going on in the library plus discover ideas for choosing books
  • To access the Accessit web app click here.

Learning and Research

The library is used by Sixth Formers for private study.

Reading list