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 was named in memory of Sue Freeman, a former head of English who died in February 2012. She was a passionate advocate of the value of reading and inspired generations of children with her enthusiasm and her love of the written word.
The Library is open from 8.30 to 3.30 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.
We run a weekly Breakfast Club where Year 7 students are invited to come and read with a Year 9 buddy. Reading Group takes place on Wednesdays when one of our librarians reads a story to any students who want a quiet lunchtime nestling on a beanbag! In addition, we have other drop-in groups, including an over subscribed Manga club and take part in the Hampshire Book Award and the regional Book Quiz.