The Senior Library is situated at the heart of the school. As well as supporting and enhancing learning across the curriculum it offers a quiet space to indulge in the latest Fiction, or, draw on the Non-fiction books to support homework. The titles in the library are updated frequently and often in consultation with the team of pupil librarians ensuring that the titles are current, worthwhile and tempting.
The library aims to encourage pupils to become independent readers and learners with access to a modern cloud based library system which can even be accessed and modified from home. This allows pupils to remotely renew, search, reserve and even recommend new books for purchase to the librarian. Again, aiming to support independent readers and foster a lifelong habit of reading for pleasure.
In Key Stage 3 pupils have timetabled library lessons. For both KS3 and KS4 pupils there are a number of opportunities for extra-curricular activities through the Library, including reading groups, participation in local and national book awards and literature quizzes; in 2018 Mayville’s A-Team came first in the Portsmouth Literature Quiz. Furthermore, often as part of the careers provision or Junior Book Week, there is the chance to meet illustrators and authors; past examples of which include Frances Hardinge, Jeff Norton & Kathryn Evans.
The library is open from 8:00am until 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, and is supervised at all times. Pupils are welcome to use the library before school, during breaks and lunchtimes and also have the option to attend Prep sessions after school. In this time, in addition to the extensive collection of both fiction and non-fiction titles, pupils also have the option of utilising networked PCs which live to the side of the library in the careers area.
The careers area is stocked with Prospectus’ and open day information for all the local colleges as well as nationwide Universities. There are also careers boards in the library which are updated weekly advertising careers fairs, open days and college application deadlines, as well as offering CV advice and college interview tips.
There are regular visits from various local colleges, as well as representatives from schemes such as Get In Go Far, to discuss applications, career prospects and to work with the pupils (particularly in Years LV & UV) toward excelling in their college interviews.
Enterprise Week falls in winter term and is a week-long celebration of opportunity and entrepreneurialism during which there are hands-on employment workshops with organisations such as the HSDC, National Apprenticeships, NCS and local business people. These workshops focus on interview skills, CV writing and activities that are worth adding to college and university applications. There are also large talks with employers such as the Navy, the RAF, and the NHS making pupils aware of their options and what future employers might be looking for, and offering in return. Pupils are also offered the opportunity to take part in the Mayville Tenner Tycoon Challenge; designing and implementing a business and competing to make the most legitimate profit in a week. Overall, the week aims to encourage and inspire proactivity toward the pupils’ future careers; be they vocational or academic.
This is all supported by careers guidance provided by the Education Business Partnership (EBP) who attend relevant parents and options evenings to provide qualified advice to parents and pupils alike. Careers advisors also lead talks within school to support the PSHE careers provision on pathways and option choices. Furthermore, in year ten pupils are offered the chance to attend Morrisby testing, careers interviews with advisors from EBP, and then to take part in relevant work experience during October half term. Finally, there are opportunities to take part in taster days and shadowing schemes across local colleges and universities.