History and Archive
The Leys was founded in 1875, a time when a large number of schools were founded, especially by the churches.More information
The school library provides a central collection of resources for the curricular needs of pupils and staff which supports and extends teaching and learning, as well as resources for pupils’ leisure needs.
It offers a welcoming, comfortable space for study or leisure reading with a wide selection of physical material and access to more online. It is staffed by professional librarians who promote reading not just for pleasure but for its fundamental role in successful learning and who are involved in developing pupils’ information literacy skills formally and at point of need. We want pupils to grow a love of reading and for that reading to enhance their learning.
The library comprises two rooms on the top floor of the King’s Building:
The Library Catalogue is accessible on a dedicated terminal in the Library, on the school intranet and via an app on school iPads. Items may be reserved and renewed online. The Library also has links to over a dozen online services including Britannica School & Image Quest; Digital Theatre Plus; eChalk; History, Literary & Science Reference Centres; JSTOR; and Hodder A-Level Magazine Archive; some can be accessed direct from the catalogue.
Pupils in Years 7-9 may borrow six items; in Year 10-11 ten items; in Sixth Form 12 items. Books may be renewed twice (if not reserved) with a two-week loan period (one week for DVDs) but extended loans are allowed over school holidays. Some items are restricted to staff and older pupils.