The library is a well-resourced learning environment, reflecting a wide range of fiction by contemporary authors and every child in Key Stage Three goes to the library weekly every alternate half term as part of their English curriculum. During this time they may have time for quiet reading, engage in active research or learn valuable skills that can underpin their academic subject learning.
The library is home to the school’s stock of hard copy careers material, and prospectuses for 6th Forms as part of our commitment to preparing the pupils for the next step in their educational journey to ensure the best possible outcomes for all.
The library is also popular at lunchtime, when many pupils choose to take advantage of its calm atmosphere and either catch up on work, take time to read or spend time coding using the school computers. In the St Joseph’s library the words of Dr Seuss are well considered, that “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
The commitment to reading for its own sake is shown by the quite remarkable fact that in the Autumn term of 2016, in a world of apparently shortened attention spans and children sitting in front of screens, almost one third of the children in the Senior School had chosen to be members of the school book clubs.
With all that the library can offer, we are proud to be truly providing a Firm Foundation for Life.