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 librarians, Mrs Berger and Mrs Coker, provide a study skills programme to Year 7. We aim to encourage all students to become efficient researchers and to use these skills effectively to support their learning throughout their lives.
Lower school students have library sessions every fortnight as part of their English tuition and Sixth Form students can use it 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.
In May 2016 we held our second Book Grab: students donated their own unwanted books in exchange for vouchers. Mr Prosser opened the event, during which students exchanged their vouchers for any of the donated books. From Rainbow Fairies to Jamie Oliver to The Godfather, an impressive 500 books were donated in the weeks leading up to the highly anticipated event. The library was full of students who were very keen to get their hands on something new to read and they were leaving with arms heavily laden with books. It was a successful and enjoyable event.