We are very fortunate at Queensmead School Windsor to have separate libraries dedicated to both our Junior and Senior pupils. Our Senior Library contains a wide range of resources, including, fiction, non-fiction, daily newspapers, magazines and DVDs. The Library is open from 08.30 to 17.00 on a daily basis.
Library Research Skills
On joining the School, all Year 7 pupils participate in a Library Induction course which introduces them to the necessary research skills they need to support their work at school.
Senior classes visit the Library on a regular basis to develop their research skills particular at the start of a school project. Recent examples include Years 7 and 8 Art classes using resources to research a specific artist or technique. A Year 8 English group participated in a Balloon debate having received books from the Booktrust initiative, BookBuzz. Years 7-9 participate, annually, in the Berkshire Book Award, nominating, reading and voting for the winning title. It is a great way to sample different genres, authors and writing styles.
Our School is a keen participant in Library events including FCBH Children's Book Award (previously known as the Red House Book Award), World Book Day and Shadowing the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards. Book Fairs are held annually each October. It is an opportunity for pupils to view books in a relaxed atmosphere and parents are encouraged to visit.
The Library is an extremely active and lively place with many activities taking place throughout the school day. These include inter-house quizzes, book groups, and clubs and play reading. We also organize regular visits by authors and storytellers, recent visits include authors Christopher Lloyd, Sophie McKenzie, Jeremy Strong, Pip Jones and Mary Hooper plus storytellers John Harris and Mick Gower. We also work closely with RBWM Libraries and our EYFS pupils have enjoyed recent visits by the Gruffalo and Elmer the Elephant.
Access to external libraries
We do encourage all pupils to become members of their local public library. Public libraries now offer a 24/7 access to online libraries which will compliment resources available in school and support homework projects. For further details on how to contact your local library please use the following links:-
Windsor & Maidenhead Libraries https://www3.rbwm.gov.uk/info/200197/libraries/3/join_the_library
Slough Libraries http://www.slough.gov.uk/libraries/
Buckinghamshire Libraries https://buckinghamshire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/OPAC/JOIN?HOMEPRMS=GENPARAMS
Surrey County Council (covering Staines, Ashford, Sunbury) http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/libraries
Reading is a key skill strongly encouraged and supported here at Queensmead School Windsor; the Library is a great place to develop that skill. We look forward to welcoming you to our Library and answering any further questions.