No Ordinary Library!
Our library supports teaching and learning across the whole school and provides a welcoming space for students and staff alike. We offer a comfortable study area, a growing catalogue of print and electronic resources that support the curriculum, and provide books that facilitate literacy development, reading for pleasure, and independent learning.
Here you will find our core of dedicated and inclusive student librarians, Duke of Edinburgh volunteers, and our weekly chess club. We engage all Year 7 and Year 8 students with reading through our Accelerated Reader program.
The library is open 8.15am-4pm Monday-Thursday and 8.15am-3.45pm on Fridays and is staffed by our Library Manager (Ms Mulligan) and our Library Assistant (Mrs Mansbridge). We welcome staff and students before school, during break and lunch times, and after school. Sixth formers are also welcome to study in the library during their free periods through the day.
Our library management system, AccessIt, allows all of our students to access their personal library accounts, reserve books, leave book reviews, create alerts for new books, access The Day, and so much more. Check it out here: AccessIt
To encourage reading for pleasure, we support the implementation of Accelerated Reader where students can read a book at their pre-determined level, complete a quiz for their book, and carry on moving through levels, thus accelerating their literacy development.
The progress of students through the school year and gives the students the opportunity to win prizes and accolades for their accomplishments.
Students can complete book quizzes from home by going to Westgate’s
Parents can track their child’s reading activity and quiz progress through:
Summer Reading Challenge
This summer, we're challenging every student at Westgate to try to read 6 books!
They could be books from the school library, your local library, from home, from the charity shop, or a book borrowed from a friend. They could be novels, graphic novels, manga, poetry books, books about cars, autobiographies, or anything else you find interesting. They could be 300 pages long or 20 pages long. As long as the book is interesting to you, that's all that matters!
Not sure what to read? Check out Westgate's most popular books or check out Blackwell's 100 books to read before leaving school.