The library at Compass School Southwark is a vibrant space for students to enrich their studies or quietly read for pleasure. Our librarian, Ms Quigley encourages students to suggest books they’d like to have and organises an annual book buying trip to Foyles; she is always on hand to help students select just the right book together with library assistant Ms Cooper.
“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” – Walt Disney
All of our fiction books are colour coded according to reading ability. Each term students receive bookmarks with their up to date reading level and book colours. This allows students, under the careful eye of Ms Quigley or Ms Cooper, to choose books of exactly the right difficulty to develop their reading.
There are many different types of books at each level from travel tales to epic sci-fi novels – there is something suitable for everyone! As well as our growing collection of books, we also have a range of magazines including BBC Music, National Geographic, Lonely Planet, Practical Photography and Grand Designs. We have a selection of graphic novels and comic-strip fiction and plenty of short-reads for students who are not yet confident reading novels as well as a wide range of fact, skills and fiction books around a game called football!
A love of books and reading for has been shown to have a positive impact on student progress in all school subjects. Reading for pleasure at home has been linked to improved emotional health for students and even to potential for higher earning as adults.
We encourage all parents and carers to talk to their child about what they are currently reading. Why not take some time out in the evening to sit with your child and listen to them read or share a classic together reading alternate pages.
After school, students can access the library to: complete homework, take part in projects and clubs staying until 6pm if they wish.
The library is open to students from 8:00 to 8:25am, at break (10.40 – 11.00) and lunch time (13.00 – 13.30 for KS3 14.00 – 14.30 for KS4) to check out books, read books, newspapers and magazines or use the P.C.s to study.
After school students can access the library to read, complete homework or revise until 6pm if they wish.