We are very proud of our two, spacious, purpose-built St Christopher’s Libraries. They play a fundamental role in providing a broad range of resources and information-handling skills within the whole school. Succeeding through reading is crucial for all our students as the ability to read effectively can influence our whole lives and the choices we make. As a result it is not surprising that a very considerable proportion of the School’s funding is expended on the library and in recent years the book stock continues to be significantly improved. We also invest in a special Arabic section. Staff and students are informed regularly of new additions to the library stock and all members of the school community have the opportunity to recommend new titles.
Open all day and staffed by an experienced Librarian and Assistant, it is a place our students use during lunch time and breaks as well as during class time. All students are encouraged to come to the Library where they are assisted to access a broad range of materials covering the curriculum, all the way to GCE Advanced Level. Senior School students may wish to use the specialist Careers Library where there is a wealth of information relating to university and college courses. The Library's IT provision has expanded considerably, incorporating networked PCs giving Internet and multimedia access. The Internet is available to all students within the terms of the school's Internet Policy. A dedicated Sixth Form Study Area is also an integral part of the Senior School library building.
Students up to Key Stage 3 have access to the Library Skills programme devised by our school Librarian. Year 7 and Year 8 students have designated Library Skills lessons involving explanatory talks and a wide range of practical activities designed to reinforce theoretical knowledge about how a library works. The Library Skills programme has been extremely successful promoting pupil confidence and enjoyment and the extension of library skills is viewed as a long-term activity.
All development issues relating to the Library are reviewed regularly.