School Library

Studies show that students who read for pleasure do better in every aspect of their education than students who don’t.

Here at Murray Park School we encourage ALL students to read for pleasure through a varied programme of lessons, activities, schemes and special events.

The library provides a welcoming, friendly, attractive and supportive environment with a collection of resources to meet the needs of our School. Students enjoy spending time in the Library to read, exchange books, complete homework, play board games or to use the computer facilities. We provide quality resources to support both reading for pleasure and the School curriculum in a variety of formats including:

  • Books – Manga, Graphic Novels, Short Stories, Joke Books, KS3 and KS4 Fiction, Non-Fiction, Language Dictionaries for EAL students, as well as Thesaurus and Dictionaries
  • Board games – Chess and Draughts, Connect 4
  • Internet access – Computers and a Printer

Useful Information

Students are allowed to borrow up to 3 items. These can be fiction or non-fiction books. Most books are available for 3 weeks. Items can be renewed if you haven’t finished with them. We DO NOT charge fines for overdue items. However a bill for the replacement cost of VERY overdue or lost items will be sent home. Students are expected to be responsible for their loans and will be charged for any damage. Computers are available for use after school to enable students to finish homework, print out coursework, research projects or revise for tests using study sites like Help is available from the Librarian if needed.

Library Lessons

Students in all years have scheduled library lessons throughout the year, as part of their English timetable. They will have time to change their books and engage in discussions about their reading choices and recommendations. Staff make time to hear students read at least once each term. We aim to make the library a pleasant space to be where students can enjoy spending time in classes or in their leisure time. Students are encouraged to choose books that are suitable for their age, abilities and interests. Help and advice is available with book selection. There are opportunities for students to spend time in the library for other subject areas. This could be to use the library for research, private study, project work, revision, computer facilities or to develop library skills.

Library Information

Throughout the school year we arrange a variety of events and activities which encourage students to make the most of the library and to enjoy using it. These events include:

  • Author and Poet visits
  • Scholastic Book Fair
  • Competitions and Quizzes
  • World Book Day events and free £1 book vouchers
  • Shadowing the Carnegie Book Awards
  • Derbyshire School’s Book Award

Clubs & Activities

There are a variety of lunchtime clubs held in the library which you might like to join. There is something to suit everyone. Please see posters for details or speak to library staff for more information.

  • Reading Group
  • Quizzes

Library Team:

Librarian – Mrs K Makasis

Student Assistants help out at lunch and break – aiming to complete certificates at Foundation/Intermediate and Higher levels

Library Opening Hours:

8am-4pm everyday

Homework Club:

3-4pm everyday