At Temple Moor High school, we actively promote reading for pleasure and the advantages and opportunities that a lifelong love of literature creates.
In order to support and encourage our students to read for enjoyment, we offer a wide and diverse range of student resources, events and extra-curricular activities through our Learning Resource Centre.
Our Library offers all students and staff, access to quality, age-appropriate fiction, which is continuously updated with the most recent releases to maintain engagement. In addition to traditional books, our students have access to graphic novels, comics, magazines and an e-library which has both reading and audio books which can be downloaded free of charge. Students may borrow up to two books at a time, for a two-week period, although renewal of books is available.
We provide an extensive range of non-fiction texts that support our School Curriculum and independent research. We have a large collection of current GCSE and A Level revision guides, supplemented with printed resources provided by the individual subject areas. Students can access coloured card, flashcards, highlighters and other stationery to help them to create their own resources.
Within our Learning Resource Centre is our dedicated ‘classroom’ area. This has a smart screen television and large whiteboard to aid teaching, its layout includes desks and chairs, enabling us to seat up to 28 students. There is also a computer suite, with 30 new PCs available for students to use for further study, research and homework.
There are various subjects that have timetabled lessons in the Learning Resource Centre, however, staff are able to book the facility on an ad-hoc basis. This is especially useful when students have coursework, research or projects to complete as part of scheme of work.
The LRC opening hours are posted every Monday morning for the week ahead, we open to students at breaks, lunchtimes and after-school. During these times, students may use the computers, access the Library or find a quiet space to do homework or revision.
Another popular space in the LRC is our ‘comfy zone’. A quiet area for students to relax on the sofa, chair or beanbags and read a book or magazine.
Student Librarian Scheme
Our TMHS Librarian Scheme is a popular and thriving initiative that allows our students to take an active role in shaping their Library. We currently have a team of 20 Student Librarians with a further 15 students on our waiting list. These students take responsibility for running our Library throughout the school week, giving up their free time to do so. This initiative enables our students to learn key skills, practice teamwork and earn rewards whilst contributing to school life.
Every Thursday afternoon the LRC becomes a hub of activity as a group of Year 7 students arrive for their Enrichment session. During this school year, we have seen groups of students use their initiative, develop teamwork skills and show determination whilst learning lots of new skills. They have taken on the role of Librarian, joined together in reading groups and more recently researched, written and produced articles, reports, reviews etc to go into an online newspaper. Going forwards, the next group will be looking at specific authors, their books and learning how to write book reviews.
Throughout the school year, the LRC has participated in events, run competitions and much more. On 3 March 2022, we celebrated the 25th Anniversary of World Book Day, with activities, quizzes and a bake sale which raised £80 for the Library. As part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, the Library was decorated with Union Jack flags and bunting. We held a Jubilee Day Fundraiser with games, activities and bake sale, raising almost £100 for Unicef.
Competitions are always a fun way for our students to become involved with reading and literature. This year saw a Year 7 student’s short story published, as well as competitions to design a bookmark, based on our Read to Succeed books, and a Summer Poetry competition. Lots of fun to be had by all!