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Welcome to the Library section of the Thamesview website. School libraries have played different roles over the years. The internet and electronic resources have changed the tradition way that libraries operate but two things that haven’t changed are the importance of literacy and reading for pleasure.

The school invested in a brand new library in 2010. Thanks to a very generous grant from Foyles, the library was stocked with all the latest books that would interest and encourage students to return to reading. It was officially opened in March 2011 by the author Tony Lee. Since then the library has been a safe place for learning, creativity and exploring literature.

The school librarian is Mrs Vanda Fox. The library is open to students from 8:00am every morning, during break, lunch and until 4:00pm after school. It is a quiet area for homework and reading during lunch at which time learning mentors are available for homework help.

The library plays an important part in motivating and encouraging students to read. There are several programs and initiatives that run throughout the school year to help struggling students and challenge confident readers.

Book Recommendation

The library has books to suit all students, from beginner readers to the classics. Recommendations are always being shared. Here are just some of our student’s favourites.

Click here to see some recommendations

Accelerated Reader (AR)

Accelerated Reader is a multimedia reading program for all Year 7 and Year 8 students. Through reading comprehension tests, students will be told their ideal book level. This insures that the books they read are not too hard where they gives up out of frustration or too easy that they finds it boring. 

Accelerated Reader Parent Guide

Tutor Reading on Mondays

To generate a whole school reading ethos, students and staff begin every Monday morning with 20 minutes of quiet reading. During this time, targeted struggling students are given extra helped with their reading. Tutors, senior students and fellow tutor pupils all take part in this help, making it an overall pleasurable experience.

Author Visits

Both World Book Day and the anniversary of our library opening occur in March. This is always an anticipated time in the library calendar as it is surrounded by several book related activities and competitions. To celebrate these events, the school has a two week Read-a-Thon to get students reading and raise money for sick children. Year 7 and 8 students are also given special Accelerated Reader targets to reach.  Students push and challenge themselves and as a reward are given a coveted invitation to see the visiting author.

Reading Activist Program

In 2010, The Reading Agency launched a program for teens aged 11 – 19 called Reading Activists (formally known as MyVoice). The aim was to help build confidence through volunteer work in public libraries. Thamesview was selected as the only school in the country to pilot this program and has been running it ever since.

Students organise literacy based events both in school and out. Activities are interactive and designed to get participants reading. To reinforce what they learn whilst being a Reading Activist, students complete a Bronze level Arts Awards in storytelling. This is all done during a student’s own time and has shown to build confidence and a sense of achievement.

U3A Reading Partnership

Thamesview introduced a Partnered Reading Scheme where volunteers from the local community come into our school to listen to some of our younger students read on a weekly basis. All volunteers are part of the Gravesend, Northfleet & District U3A (University of the 3rd Age). They very kindly agree to give up some of their spare time each week to support the scheme but more importantly to support our students.

While this scheme is supporting literacy it also promotes and encourages other skills such as communication, time management and independent learning. It also improves students’ confidence and self-esteem. Both the volunteers and students benefit from this scheme as they feel the gap between their different generations is bridged and both sides learn new things from the different age groups involved.




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