Flecker Library

The Flecker Library is Dean Close School’s central nexus of discovery, exploration and development. Our purpose: to support learning, cultivate advanced information literacy and champion the unmatched potency of reading. Our dedicated goal: to empower pupils through a wide-ranging, specialist information service.

Within its warm, welcoming environment, the Flecker Library offers both a haven for imagination, study and research, and a professional environment facilitated by technology and modern innovation. Our ever-evolving catalogue of academic non-fiction, biographies, young adult novels, contemporary fiction, graphic novels and literary classics, unswervingly supports reading and research for both learning and leisure.

The Library catalogue can be accessed both on and off site, providing users with the ability to search for and reserve resources they wish to borrow.  As well as being home to over 14,000 books, pupils also have access to journals, magazines and daily newspapers, and a thriving DVD and digital media library.  From Shakespeare to French Cinema, there is a vast range of films and documentaries with which scholars can supplement their learning.

The ground floor of the Library affords pupils ample space for individual learning underneath the vaulted ark of the Flecker Hall, while the first floor hosts a full IT suite for independent work and research.  Our second floor is designated for Library teaching and Sixth Form group work, offering further presentation facilities and additional computers. Dedicated Wi-Fi enables pupils to work on their own devices. Extending our physical limits, pupils have access to a comprehensive selection of online academic journals, digital periodicals, subject-specific study centres, encyclopaedias and a streaming portal for feature films and documentaries. Staffed by three dedicated and specialist Librarians, they are available all day to assist in learning, resource discovery and research.  

Study Skills & Exam Success

Academic success requires range of knowledge, key skills and application of understanding. Working closely with their subject teachers, the Library strives to provide pupils with the right opportunities and assistance to extend knowledge, challenge thinking and develop key information management skills, vital both for successful study and revision at the GCSE level and as a firm foundation for the academic demands of A levels and beyond. In the Fourth and Fifth forms, and for some in the Lower Sixth, pupils undertake a challenging Study Skills curriculum focusing on academic and professional essentials including:

  • Research methodologies
  • Presentation techniques
  • Critical essay writing
  • Data analysis
  • Office IT literacy
  • Revision & exam strategies

We are an ever-changing library for an ever-changing world. Visit us now at dcslibrary.com.