Here at Simon Balle we are very fortunate to have two well-stocked libraries: the main library near the main school reception and the Larch library situated in the atrium of the Larch primary building. We regard the libraries as the cultural hub of the school, lying at the heart of our community. Our aim is to support teaching and learning throughout all year groups and to encourage reading for pleasure by all students and staff. It is well researched by the National Literacy Trust that those students who enjoy reading and read voraciously will have more opportunities and be successful in life.

In Reception all students visit the Larch library each week: initially they listen to a story and learn about how the library is arranged and how they can borrow books. As the year progresses they are allowed to choose a library book and borrow it to read at home with a parent/carer. This instils in the students the importance of respecting and caring for resources.

All primary students visit their library regularly. During the summer term of Year 5, students have the opportunity to apply for a variety of ambassador roles for when they are in Year 6. One of these ambassador roles is the position of Student Librarian. This team of library helpers assists the Librarian with keeping the shelves tidy and writing reviews to inspire other students.

To support their learning as they journey up the school, students are taught about the useful range of online resources we hold such as Britannica Online and Issues Online and all students are encouraged to join the local public library for a wider range of online databases.

Simon Balle’s libraries showcase many positive features of our school community and students are inspired by the resources they find there.


Library Staff:

  • Rosemary Iles (Librarian)
  • Kevin Belsey