The recently renovated library at Portland Place School provides a welcoming environment for our students to read and research in; stocked with the latest books and research resources, we aim to help our students across all key stages become life-long readers and independent learners.
We are open daily from 8am-5pm and host enrichment clubs before school and during lunchtimes. We have study space for 25 students as well as access to computers and iPads for learning. Every student in Year 7 and 8 has a weekly library lesson. In this time, students have dedicated reading time and literacy support from their English teacher and a qualified librarian.
The school library has a large fiction collection comprising of novels, graphic novels and picture books and have non-fiction that support the subjects taught in our school. We are a dyslexia-friendly library and have many books which are accessible for dyslexic readers. Students use electronic resources such as The Day newspaper and Brain Pop to expand their knowledge of the curriculum.
We supplement our collection by offering student access to The London Library on St James’ Square.
Reading for Pleasure
We encourage students to develop the habit of reading for pleasure by having visiting authors throughout the year (A recent speaker was award-winning author/illustrator Will Grill), celebrating World Book Day, visiting our Daunt bookshop and by participating in the following book programmes:
A Book Trust programme for Year 7 and 8 that inspires a love of reading. Students are asked choose a book of their own to keep from a carefully chosen selection. Students then create a project inspired by aspects of their reading and classroom activities link in with the book.
We shadow the Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Book Awards in our Thursday book club. This is an exciting opportunity for keen readers to review and critique literary Young Adult fiction.
We borrow a range of current European language books annually to support our MFL speakers.
Mrs Carvalho, Librarian