The LRC is open between 8.40am and 4.00pm Monday to Friday and is staffed by a full-time Librarian.
Students may borrow two reading books for up to two weeks. The loan period can be extended by a further week at a time on request to the Librarian. Lost, damaged or unreturned books may incur a penalty charge to cover replacement of the title and an administrative fee.
The LRC also offers a selection of student newspapers, other news publications and access to a variety of language dictionaries.
The LRC is equipped with computers to help students with homework, coursework or to take Accelerated Reader book quizzes. The Librarian is on hand to help students with access to their educational computer resources, can help with passwords, printing and stationary for homework and classwork.
The LRC is also used as a quiet study area for 6th formers and an additional teaching space for 1:1 or small group tuition. It also acts as the main hub for literacy, reading competitions and other literary activities throughout the school, such as an after-school Book Club.
The School Library uses the 'OLIVER' library management system, which allows searches for by title, author or theme and tracks stock levels, book borrowing and overdues.
All KS3 students at SJBC are enrolled on the Accelerated Reading Programme, which monitors and manages independent reading practice while promoting reading for pleasure. A student reads a book, takes an online quiz, and gets immediate feedback. Students respond to regular feedback and are motivated to make progress with their reading skills.
The Librarian helps students to select books appropriate to their interests and levels and monitors their progress in vocabulary growth and literacy skills.
Fiction - novels, stories are arranged by ATOS Book Level, (average sentence length, average word length, and word difficulty level), which are numbered and colour coded on the spine for easy identification by students. As students progress with their reading, they read books with a higher ATOS number and a different colour code.
Accelerated Reader for Students
Accelerated Reader for Parents