The Library at the Downs School offers students and staff opportunities to read for pleasure and to carry out research. It is open every day and the collection contains resources to support both curriculum requirements and leisure interests.
In addition to a comprehensive book collection, 50 computers are available for research and schoolwork. The library also houses the school’s resource of further and higher education and careers materials.
The librarian, Mrs Berger, provides a research skills programme to Year 7. The Downs School aims to encourage all students to become efficient researchers and to use these skills effectively to support their learning throughout their lives.
Key Stage 3 students have library sessions every fortnight as part of their English tuition and Sixth Form students can use the library at any time for private study. All students are welcome during break and lunchtimes to relax with a book or to do homework. A weekly book group is popular and the library hosts various events during the year, including celebrations of World Book Day or shadowing the Carnegie Book Award.