EPHS has two purpose-designed Libraries, the Lower Library for KS3 students and the Upper Library for KS4/KS5 students and staff.
They provide a welcoming, supportive and safe environment for formal and informal learning, where students are recognised and valued as individuals.
The Libraries contain a diverse range of fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, audio books, magazines and reference material. Stock is selected by qualified staff to meet the needs of all students, whatever their reading abilities and enthusiasm, from the most able readers to reluctant readers and those with lower reading ability and SEND students. Computers and printers are available in the Libraries for students to use for independent study.
Library Lessons are timetabled as part of the English Curriculum and for other subjects as the need arises. In addition, we provide a service before school, during lunch and afternoon break for students to browse and borrow from the collection, read and take part in independent study.
We offer a vibrant programme of events, competitions and author visits, creating enriching experiences and opportunities to motivate students to become lifelong readers. These include celebrating World Book Day, an annual whole school event, and taking part in the prestigious CILIP Carnegie and Greenaway Shadowing Awards. Previous author visits by award winning authors including Alex Wheatle, Marcus Sedgwick and Chris Bradford, have proved particularly inspirational and motivating for our students. Where possible, we work with local book sellers to supply books for book signings and involve our Library helpers in hosting and reporting author events.
There are opportunities for Year 9 students to volunteer in the Library as part of the Student Leadership Programme. They are given training in Library systems and encouraged to develop their self-esteem, resilience and confidence in a safe and supportive environment.
The continuing support of EPHS parents and carers for the Libraries has been amazing, particularly in regard to volunteering and book donation. Since 2020, over 170 new books have been donated as part of the EPHS PTA Book Donation Scheme.
More detailed information about the Library service can be found in the Library Policy document.
Find out what is happening in the Library at https://edenparkhighschoollibraries.blogspot.com/
Library staff: Mrs Nolan (Chartered Librarian) and Ms Peters (trainee Librarian)
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