The GBHS Library

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GBHS Students use the School Library to… 

  • Nurture a lifelong love of reading. 

  • Develop as effective independent learners and researchers. 

  • Understand how to pose questions and find answers for themselves. 

  • Work, read and participate with activities in a safe environment. 

GBHS Library offers 

A wide range of fiction for all ages and abilities to promote literacy and create an enthusiasm for reading 

An extensive range of information books, plus computer access to support all areas and levels of the curriculum and stimulate individual interests. 

Newspapers, magazines and journals, both print and online versions, to ensure students can be aware of current issues and thinking.  

 A Sixth Form gallery for private study which has subject-based resources, computers and University and College Prospectuses. 

An outdoor seating area for reading when the weather permits. 

 A dynamic environment in which to develop readers and information gathering skills. 

Clubs and activities to help develop literacy and communications skills as well as meet new people. 

Transferable Skills 

  • Research skills 

  •  Information technology skills 

  • Analysing information 

  • Critical thinking 

  • Creativity 

  • Empathy 

  • Emotional intelligence 

  • Communication 

  • Listening 

  • Expressing ideas 

  • Personal motivation 

  • Time management 

  • Team Work 

  • Ability to plan 

Beyond the Classroom 

To encourage a lifelong love of reading the school library holds regular lunchtime book discussion groups for students and staff. 

  • We hold one off events promoting books such as ‘book launch’ events for new books, Harry Potter Night, Chapters and Cupcakes and more. 

  • We participate in the Juniper Book Awards.  This year we have over seventy students taking part.  Along with students we organise a variety of activities related to the books, including author talks and promotional events. 

  • September 2019 we were awarded Gold Level in the SLA School Library Award 

  • Every year the school takes part in World Book Day, a day aiming to celebrate the range of contests or quizzes which we organise.  One of the most popular competitions with the students is the ‘Decorate your tutor door as a book’ competition. 

  • The Sports Readers Breakfast Club has been running since 2013 and is designed to allow older leaders in the school to work with carefully identified young pupils on their literacy skills through reading, spelling and comprehension tasks. Sports Readers takes place Monday to Thursday mornings before school, where pupils have breakfast together before working together to improve their literacy skills. Sports Readers has shown consistently, over the time it has run, to increase reading, comprehension and spelling ages of pupils taking part significantly. 
    If you would like to find out more about Sports Readers please contact Mrs C Hawkings, Senior Librarian on 

To support curriculum development: 

  • We hold a debating club to encourage students to discuss current issues and topics of interest   A Scrabble League is run to encourage word craft and literacy skills. 

  • We organise author visits giving students the opportunity to listen and talk to successful published authors.  Having question and answer sessions with the authors, and attending workshops led by them, encourages students to read more books and help them with their story writing skills.  Recent authors include Marcus Alexander and Dan Smith. 

  • We organise visiting speakers to talk to students about topics covered, often these are cross-curricular.  For instance, a forum of representatives from three different faiths for RS and day with an educator from the Holocaust Educational Trust and a survivor from the Holocaust for RS and History students.  

  • All students have a library induction during English lessons.  We can assist students with appropriate book choices to ensure that they select reading material which challenges and expands their reading horizons.  

  • We introduce students to Accessit, our library database, during their Computing lessons. 

  •  For all key stages, we lead lessons to develop research and independent learning skills. 

Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Development through the Library 

The School Library is proud to offer a range of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural experiences through its diverse resources and wide variety of extra-curricular activities.   

Competitions are offered to allow students to develop and showcase their skills, knowledge and experiences through SMSC in the Library.  Students learn to express their opinions and listen to each other at the various clubs organised.  Pupil librarians develop teamwork, leadership and communication skills though their day-to-day involvement in the library as well as contributing to various other activities such as Chatterbooks, year 6 inductions and promotional events.  Displays are used to create a positive approach towards issues, eg for anti-bullying week we had a display on developing relationships and how to deal with potential situations. 

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