Library & Resource Centre
Northfield School has a purpose built Library and Resource Centre completed in October 2007, and officially opened by author Anne Fine in March 2008. The Library aims to support and promote students’ independent reading and learning. The Centre is open for students five days a week; break time, lunchtime, before and after school, as well as being used for a wide range of lessons throughout the day.
- 15,000+ items of stock including fiction, non-fiction and reference books, audio books, magazines, newspapers.
- An extensive non-fiction stock which aims to cover the whole curriculum.
- New, up to date fiction arranged by genre including ‘Quick Read’ and ‘Fiction+’ sections to cater for the full range of ages and abilities within the school.
- A choice of over 4000 books for Accelerated Reader, with quizzes available.
- 15 PC’s, with internet access, black and white printer and an interactive whiteboard.
- Eclipse.net the new online library database that allows students and staff to search for books easily from any PC in the school.
- A calm friendly environment with spacious study areas, comfortable seating and reading areas.
- Book and film clubs.
- Support with homework and research.
Every student is automatically a member of the Library and Resource Centre which allows them to use the resources and borrow up to 3 books for 2 weeks and 6 books when in Years 10 and 11. Eclipse.net allows students to search for resources including recommended websites for homework.
The Library and Resource Centre is managed by Mrs Cady (Librarian), and Mr Wills (Assistant Head), and supported by teachers and learning support assistants during opening times to help students to access resources and with homework and research.We have a large and enthusiastic team of Student Librarians from years 7 to 11, who volunteer on a regular basis and take on duties to support the day to day running of the Library.
Student Librarians are chosen each year through an application process and in Year 8 have the opportunity to complete the Student Librarian Training scheme run by co-ordinator Kay Ross from School Library Support. Then in Year 9 they can work towards the Advanced Student Librarian Award. On completion students are invited to an annual presentation evening to be presented with their certificates. This is attended by 20+ schools across Teesside who all follow the scheme, which gained recognition from the National Literacy Trust and is the largest of its kind.The Library and Resource Centre supports the Accelerated Reader program, with a large selection of books labelled in the appropriate book levels and with quiz information to make it easier for students. We also have sessions during morning form time and break just for Accelerated Reader for students to do quizzes, catch up on their reading, change books and speak to staff about any concerns.
The Library and Resource Centre is part of the Stockton Schools Library project, working with public and school libraries across Stockton and the Teesside School Library Network. Through these links we have had the opportunity to take part in special events and work with other schools including Stockton book of the year, author sessions, reading group partnership, visits to local libraries and the Seven Stories Centre.