The Library is open Monday – Friday (8.30am-5pm*).
* Our after school provision is open daily in the school library from 3.00pm to 5.00pm. You can book a place for your child on a session by session basis and the charge for this is £4 per session. See our Breakfast & After School Club page for more information.
Within the library we have over 5,000 books (fiction and non-fiction). Non-fiction is chosen to support the curriculum within school and also some fun genre to encourage research and enjoyment. Fiction books are updated regularly to include newly published or old favourites.
We have 18 librarians who all work one break and lunchtime per week to help with the smooth running of the library. The librarians are selected from Year 7 in the Autumn term.
We have 21 computers with internet access available to pupils during opening hours for research, to complete star tests and to help with homework and learning. Alongside the desktop computers, we have 32 Chromebooks which can also be used and are sometimes booked out by teachers for lessons.
Pupils and staff use the Accelerated Reader Program to enhance the learning experience. The program gives accurate reports on each individual’s reading age, national curriculum level and ZPD. This information comes from the pupils taking a Star Test which results in each pupil given a range in which they can choose books to read and then when finished take a quiz related to the book. This then gives each pupil a chance to improve their scores by choosing and reading material suitable for their reading age.
Sora Virtual Library
All pupils at Sterf have access to Sora, a virtual library where they can borrow eBooks, audiobooks, comics and magazines to read and listen to at home or at school.
It is a great resource and provides another way for the children to access books to read. Research has shown that reluctant readers find eBooks an attractive format to use.
This online library is provided by Hampshire School Library Service and can be accessed by any internet-enabled device with a web browser or via an app on mobile devices, such as a phone or tablet.
For more information on the virtual library, please see the documents below: