Library

LRC Mission Statement

The purpose of the LRC is to support teaching and learning across all departments of the school by providing a welcoming and inclusive learning environment, developing and promoting access to a wide range of information resources and valuing each student as an individual learner. The LRC is committed to helping students to develop the skills they need to become independent learners and thinkers and to encourage a lifelong love of reading.

We are very proud of our Learning Resources Centres at both Tonbridge and Sevenoaks. Both sites are large airy spaces with capacity to seat a whole class for study, an IT area, an issue desk and display areas. There is a separate careers library at Tonbridge.

Staff

The Learning Resources Centres are managed by our full-time librarian Mrs Wells, who is happy to help with advice on anything from finding the right book to help with homework to extending your reading tastes with a fiction book you might never have thought of trying! Mrs Wells is assisted by a team of Pupil Librarians, who help with the running of the library at lunchtimes. Pupil Librarians follow the School Library Association Pupil Librarian Toolkit, and work through a series of tasks to demonstrate their knowledge, gaining certificates from Bronze through to Platinum.

Reading Lists

Year 7 & 8

Year 9 & 10

Year 11

Information

Each year, Weald of Kent participates in the South East Schools Themed Book Awards (SESTBA). A reading group run by Mrs Wells and the English Department reads the shortlisted titles and attends the awards ceremony at Kent College- always a fantastic evening!

www.sestba.co.uk

As a Carnegie Shadowing School, our lively and enthusiastic groups on both sites meet weekly to read, create playlists, post reviews online and eat plenty of biscuits! We also shadow the Greenaway Medal for illustration- perfect for budding artists!

http://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk

Online Resources

Google Scholar -Search academic sources only https://scholar.google.co.uk/schhp?hl=en&lr=&q=&btnG=Search&safe=vss

By joining Kent Libraries, students can access a wide range of reputable online resources. It is free to join and books can be reserved from any Kent library and sent to your local library for you to collect.

http://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/libraries/computer-and-internet-access/reference-and-research

EPQ Students- we strongly advise you to make use of this service, as you can obtain journal articles and specialist titles from other libraries/ library authorities. Please see Mrs Wells if you need more information.

The British Library- click the ‘Discover’ tab to access the learning area of the site. Particularly useful for students of Literature and History.

www.bl.uk

The Wellcome Library- One of the world's major resources for the study of medical history.

http://wellcomelibrary.org/

The Churchill Archive- over 800,000 primary source documents to view online, from top secret telegrams to newspaper reports and photographs

www.churchillarchive.com (access via school computers only)

BBC Bitesize- Learning resources for all subjects to GCSE

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education

Opening Times

Tonbridge        Monday- Friday: 8:35am-4:30pm

Sevenoaks       Monday-Friday Lunchtimes from 1pm