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.
- 13,500+ items of stock including fiction, non-fiction, reference books and audio books.
- The extensive non-fiction stock covering topics taught on the curriculum.
- A large selection of new, up to date fiction titles including ‘Quick Read’ and ‘Fiction+’ sections to cater for the full range of ages and abilities within the school.
- A choice of over 5000 books for Accelerated Reader, with quizzes available.
- A calm friendly environment with spacious study areas, comfortable seating and reading areas.
- Support for all students with homework and research.
- 10 PC’s students can us for homework as well as a colour printer and interactive whiteboard.
- An online library database Eclipse.net, allows students and staff to search for books easily. Click the link below.
- Weekly clubs including book, games, chess and film clubs.
- Magazines and newspapers.
- Literary events held throughout the year including author visits.
- Student Librarian Training Scheme.
When they join the school every student automatically becomes a member of the Library and Resource Centre which allows them to use the resources and borrow up to 2 books for 2 weeks and 4 books when in Years 10 and 11. We just ask that books borrowed are cared for by students and returned on time. Eclipse.net allows students to search for resources including recommended websites for homework.
The Library and Resource Centre is managed by Mrs. Cady, Mrs. Green (Librarians) and Mr. Wills (Assistant Head), and teachers who support 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. Then in Year 9 they can work towards the Advanced Student Librarian Award. On completion students are invited to an annual presentation evening to receive 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 programme, 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 students to do Accelerated Reader quizzes, catch up on their reading, change books and speak to staff about any concerns.