The library at Surbiton High School has three principal objectives: to effectively resource the curriculum, to support and enhance independent learning across the School, and to support literacy by actively promoting and encouraging reading for pleasure.
The library is open at the following times, including break and lunchtimes:
Monday to Thursday: 8.00am - 5.00pm
Friday: 8.00am - 4.00pm
We have over 14,000 fiction and non-fiction books, a wide range of newspapers and periodicals and an extensive DVD/Audio library to support curricular needs, foster intellectual curiosity among our students, and support reading for pleasure. We also subscribe to a range of educational online resources, ensuring our students are able to access high-quality online information. The library is fully equipped with a suite of computers to facilitate access to these.
To help drive independent learning across the School, we conduct library induction sessions, offer research-based classes within the library and offer research-based opportunities, such as the Queen Mary University Young Researchers' Project. Also, ‘Curiosity Corner’ features an array of information, displays and activities to stimulate thought outside the classroom.
The library plays an integral role in supporting reading for pleasure in the School. We help the English Department organise the School’s annual reading challenge, produce and regularly update Recommended Reading guides, and organise regular author visits for Key Stage 3 pupils. We also participate in both national and regional literary competitions, run regular reading groups such as the Carnegie Medal Shadowing scheme and organise activities to coincide with national events such as World Book Day.
We also offer other Co-curricular opportunities to aid student development: voluntary pupil librarians help to run the library during lunchtimes and we support charitable endeavours, including our link to a literacy project in Tanzania.