What we aim to achieve
- to be an integral and effective part of Knights Templar School,
- to develop a whole school reading community which enjoys reading widely and for pleasure.
- to make a positive contribution to Teaching and Learning by meeting the information needs of all pupils across all year groups and abilities
- to ensure all pupils have the opportunity to become confident and effective independent learners
- to offer literacy intervention initiatives, in liaison with other departments, to help develop literacy skills in our pupils with the aim of narrowing the gap in attainment.
- to keep abreast of information technology and utilise new innovations which help to achieve all of the above aims.
- to help to foster confidence, tolerance and a sense of wellbeing all our students.
- to provide a calm and enriching supervised environment conducive to discovery and learning.
- to provide a place where students from all years are given the opportunity engage with one another and use their creative initiative during their free time.
How we achieve this
- Ensuring that the aims of the Library & Resource Centre reflect those set out in the School’s Improvement Plan and reflecting and promoting its ethos and aims.
- Purchase up to date and bespoke resources (fiction and non-fiction) to meet the interests and needs of all of our students.
- Close collaboration with all Faculty and Subject Leads throughout the academic year to plan for provision of curriculum resources in a variety of formats, which effectively support subjects taught at KTS at all levels across each year group, and to provide easy access to these.
- Establish effective one to one peer reading intervention programme to support literacy skills development in reading, speaking, listening and comprehension. Formal and informal training of volunteer students in Year 9 and above to become Reader Leaders and mentors on the programme.
- Promoting the importance of Information Literacy in the 21st Century and provide formal Information handling skills expertise through self-help guides, training and induction sessions, in addition to informal day to day support.
- Initiate and participate in literacy initiatives including book groups, celebration of and participation in national and local reading/author events, for example : Carnegie&Kate Greenaway Award, World Book Day, North Herts Schools Author Event, school Book Fairs, author visits.
- Build on Library and Information Science expertise through professional CPD training; examples include CILIP and affiliated professional/educational bodies, as well as sharing best practice with fellow professional Librarians and Library Staff within the secondary school sector.
- Arrange the layout of the Library to be such that it provides space for individual study, group work, class teaching and work at computers, in addition to quiet reading areas and space for browsing; also focused and positive interaction at break times.
- Creation of themed displays, quizzes, craft activities, fundraising for example : Book Aid and Christmas Library Activity Week
- Encourage and train interested students to become student librarians and Library helpers who are actively involved in running the library.
- ACCESSIT - our web-based school library catalogue for all resources including fiction, non-fiction KS3, 4 & 5 titles, GCSE and A Level revision guides and journals/magazines, audio CDs and DVDs.
- Hertfordshire Library Service - for details of all Hertfordshire Library Services
- National Literary Trust - the site of The National Literacy Trust which is an independent charity that transforms lives through literacy by supporting literacy initiatives for all ages from babies to adults
- Carnegie and Kate Greenaway - Details of the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway annual awards scheme and the related shadowing reading project
- The Childrens Literacy Charity - Children’s Literacy Charity offering one to one literacy intervention programmes
Reading and book review websites for teenagers
[** includes adult titles]
Mrs Evans, School Librarian and Head of Department
A post–graduate and professionally qualified Librarian/Information Scientist. Mrs Evans started at Knights Templar in May 2004. “I love to engage with the students, helping them to discover the joy of reading widely and for enjoyment, and realising the many social and academic benefits that reading brings. I am also eager to support pupils of all abilities to extend and enrich their learning, linking closely with subject teachers and SENCO staff to help achieve this. Acquisition of information literacy skills is a key essential for students, as this will enable them to become competent and confident in finding, critiquing and presenting information. By teaching students information literacy skills, they will become effective independent learners, essential for both during their time at Knights Templar and beyond into further and higher education and the world of work”.
Interests: Reading (all genres); social history, art/art history, languages, international sport, swimming, walking, cookery, theatre, films and music (all genres)
Mrs Evans’ favourite children’s authors: Michael Williams, Roald Dahl, Frances Hardinge, Lauren Child, Patrice Lawrence, Geraldine McCaughrean, Kwame Alexander, Matt Dickinson
Her favourite adult authors include: Richard Flanagan (The Narrow Road to the Deep North), Tracy Chevalier (At the Edge of the Orchard), Pat Barker (Noonday) Mal Peet (Beck), Helen Dunmore (Birdcage Walk), Hilary Mantel (Wolf Hall et al)
Mrs Evans’ recommended read this year: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
Favourite football teams: Luton Town FC and Spurs
Mrs Martin, Library Assistant
Worked in the Knights Templar School Library since 2015 enjoying the challenges of the day to day running of a school library alongside supporting the teaching staff in encouraging students to utilise the available resources allowing them to reach their academic goals. She promotes reading eagerly as she is passionate about it's benefits to well-being and academic success as well as for the simple pleasure and enjoyment of it.
Interests: Arts & Crafts, Live music, Community events.
Mrs. Martin's recommended read: Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness
Mrs Boddy, Administrator and Library Assistant
Worked at Knights Templar since 2003 and assists with the processing of all our Library resources. Mrs Boddy loves engaging with the students to build their confidence and self-esteem; she also volunteers in her local church running a Youth Group.
Mrs Boddy’s hobbies are walking, local history including visits to English Heritage sites and National Trust properties, and enjoys theatre and musicals. Her favourite music is from the 1980s, including bands such as The Human League and The Police.