Library

Welcome to the Library.

“At the moment that we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold, that magic threshold into a library, ​we change their lives forever, for the better. It’s an enormous force for good.” ~ Barack Obama

Staff

Mrs Hawksworth – Librarian
Miss Bromyard – Senior Library Assistant
Miss Sisk – Senior Library Assistant
Miss Bourke – Library Assistant

Opening hours (term time only)

  • 8.00am – 4.00pm Monday – Thursday
  • 8.00am – 3.30pm Friday

(There may be occasions when the Library is closed due to staff training, meetings or events. These closures will be advertised and where possible 24 hours’ notice will be given)

Resources

All resources in the library (except DVDs) can be borrowed for four weeks, with the option to renew resources if required for longer.

  • Fiction books are arranged alphabetically by genre.
  • Non-fiction (or information) books are arranged in numerical order according to their subject.
  • DVDs are available as an overnight loan, however, if borrowed on a Friday they can be taken for the weekend.
  • Chromebooks are available to borrow in the library for the completion of work, before and after school and at break times.

Students can use the library system Oliver 5 to search for books and reliable websites; as well as write book reviews and reserve books that are currently unavailable. Students can access the library system by logging in with their school Google Account.

All resources borrowed from the Library must be issued at the main issue desk by a member of staff. There is a security barrier and CCTV in operation.

Weekly reminders for overdue resources are sent out automatically by email to the students. Parents/Carers will be asked to pay for any lost or damaged resources.

Students have access to a number of eResources

The Day

A daily online newspaper for teenagers focusing on the big issues that are transforming the world. Helps explain current affairs in short illustrated articles, picking out the underlying issues that are shaping the world.

eChalk

eChalk provides curriculum-aligned activities, games, simulations and puzzles, created with a focus on learning through fun.

Wheelers

Students have access to our virtual library where eBooks and audio books can be borrowed 24/7 through our GFM online platform. If you prefer to read online or listen to an audio book, you can access these on your device instantly and free of charge.

Download the App by searching for ePlatform by Wheelers. Once downloaded, search for GFM (Gosport and Fareham Multi-Academy Trust). For further information, please visit the library.

Virtual Library

The Virtual Library is used to support the school community with 24 hour access to a library provision. Including links to latest news, ebooks and audiobooks, author events, book recommendations, reading challenges, support with research and much more.

Support

The library promotes reading for pleasure and supports students by providing a range of resources to facilitate learning. We host numerous events throughout the year including an author visit, the celebration of World Book Day as well as themed reading weeks. The library promotes research and study skills and works closely with students requiring reading support and intervention.

Clubs

The library runs the following clubs:
Book Club – Monday 3.10pm – 4.00pm
Sixth Form Study Skills – Tuesday lunchtime 12.30pm – 1.00pm
Anime and Manga – Wednesday 3.10pm – 4.10pm
Creative Writing – Thursday 3.10pm – 4.10pm

Library Lessons

All year groups enjoy library lessons as part of English. Our reading for pleasure lessons explore different authors and genres using a variety of mediums and students are able to borrow books from the library and receive advice & guidance from the library staff.

Library Social Media

The library actively uses social media to communicate with the school community on:

  • Engaging ‘Reading for Pleasure’.
  • News items and events.
  • Promotion of books, films and other media.
  • Information on learning skills and advice on how to research.

Please visit, follow and like @GFMLibraries to keep up-to-date with all the latest news

News Archive
Contact Info
  • Bay House School & Sixth Form, Gomer Lane, Gosport, Hampshire PO12 2QP
  • (023) 9258 7931
  • enquiries@bayhouse.gfmat.org

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