“And so the moment we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold into a library, we've changed their lives forever, and for the better. This is an enormous force for good."
— Barack ObamaLoxford School Libraries
We have three extensively resourced libraries staffed by a team of librarians who cater to the needs of the students:
The primary library is open throughout the school day and all students visit each week to borrow books, take part in a variety of activities and listen to story-telling sessions. There is a developing, but extensive collection of 5000 resources from picture books through to a fiction and non-fiction that students are encouraged to work with and to borrow. There is also a Mac suite that is used extensively throughout the school day by primary students.
The main Secondary Library is open each day to all students and staff from 8am to 4:15pm for reading and homework. There is a stock of 12000 volumes of fiction and non-fiction texts and a bank of 52 pcs for student and staff use.
The Sixth Form Library is open until 5.30pm each day for Sixth Form students wishing to study and use its resources. There is a collection of approximately 6000 texts and a bank of 30 pcs for staff and student use.
During the school day both libraries accommodate regular reading sessions during English lessons, booked class visits and individual study.
“I used to walk to school with my nose buried in a book.” - CoolioReading for Pleasure
Primary students are encouraged to explore reading through supported library sessions each week with the primary phase librarian. There are supported lessons where students are encouraged to begin their reading journey and to develop a life-long love of reading.
All Year 7, 8 and 9 students regularly visit the library during English lessons. This is when students are able to choose new books, read quietly and take part in activities connected with reading for pleasure.
Students take responsibility for their own reading journey as we encourage use of our own ‘Loxford Express’ reading map. All students are encouraged to explore a variety of genres as they progress through ability zones at their own pace.
The library runs various reading groups for all years as well as Staff. The aim of these groups is to explore new books and ideas and to promote a love of reading.
Students aged 12-15years old are involved in voting process for the Redbridge Children and Teen Book Awards. This annual award is led by Redbridge Schools Library in partnership with supported with librarians and teacher in secondary and primary schools across the borough. The students read the nominated books and vote for their favourite titles. A panel of authors including the winners (whenever possible) are usually in attendance to give writing tips, interviews and to sign autographs. The Award also promotes literacy skills through its annual poetry and short story competitions
“A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.” - Mark TwainLoxford Express Reading Map –LINK TO READING MAP & A LEVEL READING LIST
All students in the Secondary Phase use the reading map to support them in their reading choicesWhole School Reading
The school has a longstanding tradition of promoting whole school reading.
In the primary phase everyone takes part in whole school reading every day.
On Thursdays afternoons everyone, staff and students, in the secondary phase stops for a 15 minute reading break and drops everything and reads!Events
All of the libraries host various events including author visits .The Library also celebrates cultural events such as World Book Day, Black History Month and National Poetry Day with special activities and displays. We have book fairs and welcome authors to school who work with groups of students.
“No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.” - Confucius