Pupils have access to a broad range of online and paper academic resources. The Canford Gateway is a dedicated online school portal providing guidance and links for all areas of school life, including academic research, careers advice and pastoral well-being, while the school library offers both hard copy and virtual learning opportunities.
The school library, where Rupert Brooke apparently wrote 'The Soldier' is at the heart of the school's academic resources. It is situated in the main house in a wonderful room overlooking the gardens and grounds and provides an inspirational setting for learning.
The library aims to support the curriculum and promote reading. It houses 11,000 books and 700 DVDs. The library catalogue is centrally networked and resources are indexed to provide easy access to the material available. The library catalogue also contains all useful material from departmental libraries as well as 9,000 selected website links. Allowance is made for 10% replacement of stock each year, so that it is kept up-to-date and in good condition.
Emphasis is on providing what members want as quickly as possible, whether the material required is academic or recreational. There is a popular request system in operation and books are either bought new or borrowed as temporary loans via the local public library. The selection of materials to support curriculum needs is made by the librarian through informal consultation with Heads of Departments.
The library also provides access to a collection of e-books and audiobooks as well as a range of over 30 selected online resources to support academic study. The aim in amalgamating non-book materials is to encourage pupils to use a variety of media in their research. Subscribed online resources include The Economist, New Scientist Archive, The Day and UK Newsstand. The library catalogue contains all useful material from departmental libraries and is centrally networked. Pupils and staff also have easy access to external agencies including the British Library and the local public library which have substantial online catalogues.
The librarians offer a timesaving research facility to both staff and pupils. Information can be requested personally, by phone or by e-mail. 3 daily newspapers and 40 periodicals and magazines are also available for students to browse in the library. The library also maintains a 'current articles' file of useful ephemera.
The library staff are available to offer individual assistance when required, throughout the school day and during the two evenings when the library opens until 8:30pm.
The library also celebrates national events by running activities for National Poetry Day and World Book Day as well as creating themed displays to promote books and reading.
Email the library staff - Mary Anne Hockey and Gill Rutherford