The Sixth Form Library

The Library in the sixth form block and is accessed through its main doors next to the Forum it is also connected to the Main Library via the Silent Study area.

The silent study area consists of 44 study cubicles where students can work independently in silence. 

The main areas of the Library are for quiet work allowing for some group discussion and study. This space includes a separate computer room which has 12 computers for student use and which also houses career materials; and the main area where there are a further 10 computers and groups of tables for student work, the printer/photocopier and the Library desk and reference shelving.

The resources in the sixth form are more focused on non-fiction to support the curriculum and to encourage a breadth and depth of reading for specific subject areas and potential career interest.The six form library collection has approximately 5,000 books and a wide range of journals/periodicals. 

The fiction collection has classics at its core and is added to with recent prize winning titles as well as providing a range of familiar young adult novels and some popular fiction.

The careers collection provides access to current university prospectuses and information about apprenticeships and applying for work, and includes a small collection of books.

The library is open to sixth form students Monday – Friday 8am (or when staff arrive) – 6pm during term time (when the school building is locked).

Sixth Form students may use the Main School Library during free periods if the library is not being used by a class; students are expected to ask staff permission before using the main library at these times.

Borrowing, reserving & requesting books:

Sixth form students may borrow up to 6 items at a time for a period of four weeks. This does not include the text books for Maths, Psychology and Science that are loaned from the library (text book loans do require a £10 deposit per subject).

Loans can be renewed. If a book is not in stock students and staff can request it's purchase. 

Overdue Notices 

We do not charge for late return of books. If a book is late we send a reminder; if a book is not returned after 3 reminders we assume the student has lost the book and an invoice for the r.r.p. (recommended retail price) is sent to their parents. If a book is returned damaged, an invoice will also be sent.

  • v 1st warning from tutor,
  • v 2nd email to student and tutor.
  • v 3rd final notice letter and invoice to parents = negative SIMS and Ban from borrowing.

If book comes back or is replaced all is forgiven!
We encourage students to come and talk to us if a book has been damaged or lost as we can avoid sending invoices and charging the full cost of a replacement book in many cases.

Library Staff:

Both school libraries are managed by Librarian, Mrs C Watkins, and run with the help of dedicated Library Assistant, Mrs Knapton.

Priority of staff cover is given to the Main Library during it's opening hours (before school, after school and break times) but both libraries are covered by a member of the library staff during the core period of the school day and students are able to contact library staff by walking into the adjacent Main Library or by emailing library@sphs.uk.com.