The Library

Opening times                  

08:30 - 16:00 Monday - Thursday

08:30 - 15:30 Friday

Homework club

15.00 - 16:00 Monday - Thursday

15:00 -15:30 Friday

All students are welcome at morning break, lunchtime and after school to use the library’s books and computers to help with their learning projects, homework tasks or for silent reading.

The library has about 14,000 books and 20 networked computers, as well as 6 laptops.

The library has two main roles, to promote reading for pleasure and to support teachers and students with research based learning across the curriculum.


Accelerated Reader - Reading Scheme for all year 7, 8 & 9

As part of our commitment at PHS to your child’s education, we are delighted to inform you of our Accelerated reader scheme, which tracks and monitors yours child’s reading age and progress in 7, 8 and 9. Information, passwords and reports are sent home to parents during the school year.

The scheme involves children reading books at their level and completing a computerised quiz to check comprehension. The advantage of using such a system is that it will help motivate the children to encourage more regular and fluent reading. Answering the quizzes will help monitor the progress that they are making in understanding the texts. Accelerated Reader lessons take place in the Library.

It is a school policy that all students should have a reading book with them every day as we encourage children to read in form class and other times during school

We hope that you will support us in the continuing success of this scheme.

You'll find parent resources for Renaissance Learning products on their website

The library hosts a Reading Buddy Group in form time

We have Year 9 student volunteers that assist Year 7 students in building their self-esteem and reading skills by providing them with individual attention by sharing favourite books. Children then begin to understand that reading can be pleasurable.This will help them improve reading skills and foster a lifelong love of reading.

DVDs are available to borrow which are free of charge.

We subscribe to a variety of journals and magazines.

Overdue items

There will be no fines charged for overdue items, however they should be returned as soon as possible. No other books will be issued until the overdue item has been returned.

If a book is lost or damaged then it must be paid for in full.

The Library has a networked catalogue and Library Management System called Students can access a version of this called Search Star which can be used to search for books, read and write book reviews and to help with their research. As well as showing which books are in stock, there are also web links which can be accessed directly from the catalogue.