Library

 

Open Monday to Fridays from 8.00am until 4.30pm, our Library is housed in the most historic part of the College and serves two purposes:

  • To support learning in all subjects through the provision of electronic and print resources;
  • To promote reading for recreation and literacy development.
 
Our learning community is fortunate to have approximately 10,000 items at its disposal.  These include books, newspapers, magazines, periodicals, CDs, DVDs, language courses and CD Roms.  There are also twelve networked PCs and twenty laptops with access to the internet ready to use.  Students may take out three books at a time for two weeks and items may rewened up to three times.  However, lost or damaged items must be paid for in full.  
 
We also have a full time, qualified & chartered Librarian in charge of the Library, ready to assist students, teachers and wider members of the community with their requirements and ably supported by a number of nominated Year 10 Library support students.   
 
 
Please click on the links below to access our Library catalogue and a User Guide.
 
LINK to Library catalogue
LINK to User Guide
 
 
The Accelerated Reading Programme 
 
Our Year 7 and 8 students follow the Accelerated Reading Programme by undertaking one hour of private reading and related learning activities per week as part of their English curriculum.  The aims of the Programme and its administrators are to encourage students to read for enjoyment, to find and articulate their reading interests and to track and develop their reading skills and levels whilst developing individualised reading and learning programmes designed to meet the needs of every child.
 
Please click on the link below to access further details of our Accelerated Reading Programme and Policy.
 
LINK to Accelerated Reading Programme and Policy
 
 
Reading Lists
 
Our Librarian has compiled an extensive set of reading lists, designed to meet the reading needs and interests of all students.  There are also subject-specific lists to assist students with their learning. All Reading Lists are available from the Library or by following the link below.
 
LINK to Reading Lists
 
 
 
St Thomas More Langauge College Historical Archive
 
The Library holds extensive archive materials doucmenting the history of the College and the local Chelsea area.  These include College newsletters, Sports Day records, Punishment Book details, Admissions registers, photographs and other ephemera.
 
We are always delighted to hear from former students and staff who may wish to provide anecdotes and memorabilia of their time at St Thomas More Language College.  If you would like to share your material, please contact the College directly and ask for the Librarian.  
 
Unfortunately our archive items are not available for loan but access to them is available on request.
 
 
 
Extra-curricular activities 
 
The Library hosts a number of whole-College events such as National Poetry Day and the Carnegie Book Award.  It is also the location for the College Chess Club and all manner of cross-curricular quizzes.  We also encourage our students to submit written reviews of their favourite books to our electronic Fronter system and will regularly post published reviews of new titles on the scene. Please see link below. 
 
LINK to Fronter reviews 

 

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