With over 13 000 fiction and non-fiction titles, Ashford Senior School’s Somerville Library is a learning hub for all year groups.
Located at the centre of the School campus, it spans three floors, with a designated Sixth Form Study Area on the upper tier, and private study and quiet reading zones for all year groups on the ground and first floors. In these areas students can also access computers, newspapers, magazines and academic journals.
To support our Learning Habits and to encourage independent learning, book displays and reading lists both reinforce and extend the academic content taught across faculties. The online catalogue is regularly updated and pupils are able to access nearly 2000 e-books. Help from the Librarians is also on offer to all year groups when sourcing texts to support homework, project work or research tasks. Assistance is available for those pupils who are following EPQ and CREST Awards, and Study Skills sessions take place each year on research sources and materials, as well as how to use referencing in essays.
Year 7 pupils attend library induction sessions in September of each academic year. Our Librarians also invite both day pupils and boarders to take part in reading initiatives to celebrate World Book Day and National Poetry Day, or to meet visiting authors when they speak at the School.