Learning Resources Centre
The Cavendish School Library is part of the Learning Resources Centre which also includes the Reprographics and Audio-Visual departments and an ICT suite.
The library is a quiet, welcoming space in which pupils can either carry out independent research and study or relax and read for pleasure. It is the base for RICH club - an after school homework club which runs Monday - Thursday until 4.15 and offers students the chance to do homework with friends or with support from staff. From April to June we run a book club with students who shadow the Carnegie Award for Children's Literature - read more. There are a number of competitions throughout the year including the World Book Day bookmark competition, results of which can be found on the literacy page.
The library is an area widely used during lesson time by whole classes for project work and by older students for private study. It is also the venue for various visits, talks and activities. We have a large stock of both fiction and non-fiction books to suit all ages and abilities, including magazines and graphic novels. We like to encourage students to read for pleasure and a separate reading zone with comfy chairs and bean bags for those who like to read during break and lunchtime.
Students in Yr 7, 8 and 9 take part in the Accelerated Reader program, a quiz based reading scheme designed to ensure students read books matched exactly to their ability level and therefore make maximum progress in developing their reading skills. For more information, see our Literacy page.
As well as daily papers we stock magazines and periodicals including, for older students: Biology, Physics and Chemistry Review; Geography, Sociology, Modern History Reviews; English Review; Business Review and for younger students: First News and Focus.
There is a study area which accomodates a full class to facilitate project work and private study and, for those wishing to do computer research we have twelve computers and a printer in the library, all with full network and internet access.
Many sixth form students use the Library for private study during their non-timetabled periods.