The Library supports independent learning, enquiry and the discovery of reading for pleasure. Its work supports all members of the school community to become critical thinkers and effective users of information. We believe that reading is one of the most important things that a child can do, as this research shows:

“Reading for pleasure has been revealed as the most important indicator of the future success of a child, and improvements in literacy, at any point in life, can have a profound effect on an individual.” National Literacy Trust

“Reading for Pleasure is more important to a child’s educational achievement than their family’s wealth or social class” Reading Trust

The Library is open and staffed from 8.15am until 4.00pm Monday to Friday

Study Club runs from 3.45pm until 5pm Monday to Thursday. There is no provision on any Friday. Places are limited, BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL, book online; please click on the link for SchoolCloud below. Bookings which are no longer required must be cancelled online to prevent staff from making urgent calls to parents checking on students whereabouts. Study Club begins during the first ‘full week’ of school opening and will not take place on the final day of a term. SchoolCloud – King Edward VI School

The Library offers the following:

  • a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books which are updated regularly
  • reading resources to support reading for pleasure, in school learning and homework
  • 40 bookable computers
  • a wide range of free, quality and ‘School Library Association Recommended’ online resources available through the school website; see boxes below. It is good practice to avoid using Wikipedia as much as possible. Please be aware that free sites will have advertisements and may require personal registration
  • opportunity for students to be student library assistants
  • having difficulty finding book and online information sources? E-mail the school librarian for advice

Do join Suffolk Libraries to gain full access to their Reading For Pleasure, reading for study, E-book, Audiobook, E-magazines and excellent free online resources offer. Membership is an essential component of ‘the study toolkit’ for all students. See Suffolk Libraries link below

Follow us on Twitter @KingEdLibrary – for Teen/Young Adult book news and anything to do with reading – the impact of school libraries on learning, 2017 report (pdf)

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