The Freeman Library occupies a central position at the heart of the school. Our aim is to make it a comfortable, relaxing space in order to support our key objective – the promotion of reading for pleasure across the whole school.
The Library is open from 8.30am to 3.30pm and is supervised by staff librarians with help from a team of student librarians. We have a wide selection of fiction titles to appeal to all abilities and tastes, as well as a good selection of curriculum relevant non-fiction titles. Computers are available which can be used when the Library is open and also a small shop selling a selection of stationery.
All Year 7 classes come in to the Library every two weeks for a programme of induction so that they can make the most of what we have to offer. In Years 8 and 9 we often recommend books at the beginning of lessons before getting down to the real business of silent reading. At break and lunchtimes the Library is a calm, quiet space where students can come and change their books, read or do homework.
Every Monday lunchtime Mrs Morrish runs a Harry Potter Club, during which the Year 7’s listen to the audio books of the Harry Potter series, (and afterwards the brave sample Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans.)
A second Reading Group takes place on Wednesday lunchtimes, when Mrs Hearse reads a story to any students who want a quiet lunchtime nestling on a beanbag!
In addition, the Library runs a Scholastic Book Fair every March to raise funds for new books, and a selection of students take part in the Hampshire Book Award and the regional Book Quiz.