The Library at Trinity School is available to all members of staff and pupils.
Library Opening hours
8am – 4.00 Monday to Thursday
8am – 1.00 Friday.
The Library is open at break and lunch time for pupils to do homework, research, change books and read (of course!)
It aims to support pupils throughout the curriculum as well as encouraging wider reading of both fiction and non-fiction books for pleasure.
When there are not regular classes in the library, it is well used by the Sixth Form and by departments for research. It is also used for small groups of pupils, accompanied by a Teaching Assistant and individual research with permission from the class teacher.
There is a separate Sixth Form section in the Library for AS and A Level resources and a small section for Careers Information and University prospectuses.
The Library runs quizzes and competitions throughout the year to promote books and events, such as the Dr Who quiz and the Trinity Crime Scene Investigations and supports pupils' wellbeing by taking part in National Empathy Day and Mental Health Days.
“School libraries have the power to positively impact the development of empathy in children and young people. Well-resourced libraries not only house the stories we all know and love, but they’re filled with new books and adventures just waiting to be discovered. They hold a hive of information about the world around us and can be a huge support to pupils as they navigate their way through life — in school and outside of it.”
Reading is an important skill, and as with all skills, needs to be practised. Through reading we learn about the world around us, how to structure our own writing and we develop a wider vocabulary and understanding.
Research from the Institute of Education shows that teenagers who read for pleasure every day knew 26% more words than those who didn't, and teens from book-loving homes knew 42% more words than those who grew up with few books. That's why giving EVERY child access to books is vital!
Not only does reading help us develop educationally, but also emotionally.
In the words of Matt Haig...
"Reading isn't important because it helps get you a job. It's important because it gives you room to exist beyond the reality you're given. Reading makes the world better. It is how humans merge. How minds connect. Dreams. Empathy. Understanding. Escape. Reading is love in action."
Pupils can access the Library catalogue; Eclipse here, to view their current loans etc, and to see what books they would like to read next. You can also check out the Year 7&8 and Year 9 Recommended Reads lists for ideas of what to read next. Or, why not take a look at our mood boosting books, or the Shelf help collection.
This takes place every morning from 8.00am until school begins for all pupils. The Library is open for homework, study, reading and research.
Takes place on Tuesdays after school and is very popular. We have some very talented Lego builders amongst us!
Black History Month
We have been recommending books for Black History month and you can find the list here.
New resources are added to the library regularly, both fiction and non-fiction. These are on display so that pupils are aware of the new stock that has been added. Book suggestions are always welcomed.Books for keeps is the UK’s leading, independent children’s book magazine, reviewing hundreds of new children’s books each year and publishing articles on every aspect of writing for children. There are over 12,500 reviews on their new website and more than 2,000 articles including interviews with the top children’s authors and illustrators. So if you want to keep up to date with new book releases see here.
There are several computers within the library, for research and homework which get extremely busy, especially lunchtimes. A booking system is operated.
The Library is here for pupils, so we hope that everyone will make good use of it.
Mrs. L French
Reading Chellenge leaflet & poster
Shelf help leaflet (attached)
Mood Boosting Books (attached)
2019 #ReadforEmpathy (attached)
Carnegie 2019 shortlist (attached)
Year 7 & 8 Recommended reads
Year 9 recommended reads