“And so the moment we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold into a library, we’ve changed their lives forever, and for the better. This is an enormous force for good.”
— Barack Obama
Loxford School Libraries
We have three extensively resourced libraries staffed by a team of librarians who cater to the needs of the students:
The primary library is open throughout the school day and all students visit each week to borrow books, take part in a variety of activities and listen to story-telling sessions. There is a developing, but comprehensive collection of 5000 resources from picture books through to a fiction and non-fiction that students are encouraged to work with and to borrow. There is also a Mac suite that is used throughout the school day by primary students.
The main Secondary Library is open each day to all students and staff from 8am to 4:15pm for reading and homework. There is a stock of 12000 volumes of fiction and non-fiction texts and a bank of 52 pcs for student and staff use.
The Sixth Form Library is open until 5.30pm each day for Sixth Form students wishing to study and use its resources. There is a collection of approximately 6000 texts and a bank of 30 pcs for staff and student use.
During the school day both libraries accommodate regular reading sessions during English lessons, booked class visits and individual study.
“I used to walk to school with my nose buried in a book.” – Coolio
Reading for Pleasure
Primary students are encouraged to explore reading through supported library sessions each week with the primary school librarian. There are supported lessons where students are encouraged to begin their reading journey and to develop a life-long love of reading.
All Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 students regularly visit the library during English lessons. This is when students are able to choose new books, read quietly and take part in activities connected with reading for pleasure.
Students take responsibility for their own reading journey as we encourage use of our own ‘Loxford Express’ reading map. All students are encouraged to explore a variety of genres as they progress through ability zones at their own pace.
Students from both the primary and Secondary phases are involved in the Redbridge Children’s and Teen’s Book Awards. This annual award is led by Redbridge Schools Library in partnership with and supported by librarians and teachers in secondary and primary schools across the borough. The students read the nominated books and vote for their favourite titles. A panel of authors including the winners (whenever possible) are usually in attendance to give writing tips, interviews and to sign autographs. The Award also promotes literacy skills through its annual poetry and short story competitions.
Borrowing is monitored and rewarded.
Year 7 borrowing competition:
We record all year 7 borrowing on a chart that is updated each month. Throughout the year there are rewards for borrowing but at the end of the year there is a prize for the class that have borrowed the most books. 7C were the winners of the competition for the school year borrowing the amazing total of 1208 books.
Book Worm Awards
All students are eligible for the Bookworm Awards. They can earn a Bronze Award for borrowing 50 books, Silver for borrowing 100 and Gold for 200. Students are awarded these badges that they collect as their borrowing is celebrated throughout their school life.
“A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.” – Mark Twain
Loxford Express Reading Map
Whole School Reading
The school has a longstanding tradition of promoting whole school reading.
On Thursdays afternoons everyone, staff and students, stops for a 15 minute reading break and drops everything and reads!
All of the libraries host various events including author visits. The Library also celebrates cultural events such as World Book Day, Black History Month and National Poetry Day with special activities and displays. We have book fairs and welcome authors to school who work with groups of students. We celebrate events in the literary calendar such as Alice 150, Shakespeare 400, Beatrix Potter 150 and Roald Dahl 100. This iconic play-writes and authors have been commemorated by library workshops and displays throughout the year.
Our next celebration will be Harry Potter at 20. It is now 20 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was first published and we will be holding events all year to mark this.
“No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.” – Confucius