Our newly refurbished split level library is located immediately next to the Reception, is staffed by a dedicated Librarian and is open from 8.20 until 4.20 Monday- Thursday and 3.50 Friday.
You can access MLS, our library online, here.
Over 3000 fiction and over 7000 non-fiction titles are stocked suitable for all reading abilities and ages, most of which may be borrowed by staff and pupils. Pupils may borrow up to 4 books at once in addition to their textbooks. A selection of magazines and newspapers is available to read in the library.
There are 5 computers and 26 laptops which may be booked for lessons or used at free times by pupils. An interactive whiteboard is available for teaching.
We have also recently updated our library hosting system to MLS which enables students to view and reserve library stock, write reviews, search for authors and can be accessed from home on your mobile phone or tablet.
All Year 7 and Y8 students are enrolled on the Accelerated Reader Programme which enables students to test their understanding of books they have read, recommends the next level and enables teachers to monitor progress. This enhances a wider vocabulary understanding and enjoyment of books both fiction and non - fiction supporting all curriculum subjects.
The library is well-used both during lesson time for research and computer-based lessons, and in free time for homework, research and reading.
Pupil librarians are encouraged and assist with the smooth running of the library at breaks and lunchtime. Senior library assistants supervise to ensure that the library remains a pleasant environment for all pupils to work peacefully.
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The department strives for all students to enjoy their ICT experience at Neatherd. We want everyone to develop their ICT skills whilst having fun and gaining transferable skills that are relevant to students' own lives and experiences. ICT is a dynamic and ever-changing subject that opens up many different future paths and will stay with students and affect future decisions. We have excellent resources and would like all students and staff to utilise them to enhance their everyday lives.
We believe the strength and focus within the department is the teaching and learning of the detailed schemes of work that are present for the various different course and qualifications we follow at Neatherd. We are an enthusiastic and dedicated department that works hard to ensure pupils enjoy learning all the different aspects of ICT. We are forward thinking, supportive and committed to sharing ideas and resources.
Over the last few years our results have been consistently good and analysis of data tells us we are performing in excess of expectations. Our most recent set of results from the summer of 2014 continue to show a high level of achievement.
We had 3 different qualifications on offer to KS4 students in 2014. 75% of pupils who sat GCSE ICT achieved A* to C, 98% of pupils who sat the Cambridge Nationals in ICT achieved A* to C and 93% of Computer Scientists achieved A* to C. Overall in the ICT Department we achieved 88% A*-C. Almost 9/10 pupils left Neatherd in 2014 with an ICT qualification between A* to C.
The department has four dedicated ICT suites for use within the department, as well as access to five other ICT suites assigned to other departments across the school. Each suite is equipped with interactive whiteboards, 30 or more modern computers all with internet access, broadband internet, numerous software applications and the right to use colour and black and white printers.
See also our Computer Science department page.