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Discovery Centre - Library

Group of students at Melksham Oak School

Opening Times

8 am - 4.30 pm  Mon - Fri 

Melksham Oaks Discovery Centre is a spacious, vibrant, welcoming part of the school which is always a hive of activity.

Comprising of an upper and lower floor which is full of big sofas and bean bags, we hold approximately 10,000 books which include reference, non-fiction and fiction. Our fiction books, which include the majority of those that can be found in the national top 20 reading lists, cover everything from adventure, humour, teen reads to horror. This has had a massive impact on literacy across the school with loan statistics raising to almost 1000 books a month.

We take great pride in our displays that are always seasonal or topical. We also have a big theme and deck out the whole library twice a year! Currently we are a reading rainforest complete with trees, vines, conservation area and a bat cave!

The Discovery Centre’s extended hours provide our pupils with a safe, welcoming place where they can:

  • read books or newspapers
  • complete homework
  • use the IT facilities
  • play games with their friends

All year groups are welcome before school from 8am and after school until 4.30pm. Year groups have their own specific days that they can use the Discovery Centre during both break and lunchtimes, sometimes as many as 100 students choose to visit us!

We have had visits from some amazing authors in the past including Cathy Hopkins, Joffrey White and David Gatward.

Year 7 and 8 enjoy timetabled English lessons in the Discovery Centre with their English teacher, where they begin their lesson with 25 minutes of silent reading. During these lessons, Year 7 learn how to access the library facilities thus getting the most from the centre.

Accelerated Reader

In 2014 we introduced Accelerated Reader to our Y7. Its success has prompted us to continue using the program for the current Y7 as they move to Y8.

Accelerated Reader (AR) is a powerful tool for monitoring and managing independent reading practice. With AR, teachers can create a reading programme to meet the needs of every student. AR produces an average of two years reading age growth in just one academic year.

Using information generated by the software in the form of a Star Test, teachers and our school librarians can help students select books that are difficult enough to keep them challenged, but not too difficult to cause frustration.

In addition, it helps teachers to monitor students’ vocabulary growth, literacy skills development and reading skills taught through other reading schemes.

Find out more about Accelerated Reader here

World Book Day 2016

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The staff at MOCS celebrated World Book Day by having a house competition for best costume for a book character. Everyone looked fabulous or slightly crazy! Favourite theme of the day was Alice in Wonderland and Harry Potter. The fancy dress competition was won for Sirius via Mrs Bruton. 

At lunchtime the library turned into a crimescene. There was a murder mystery to solve and cryptic clues as to who was coming to dinner. Year 7 were great detectives and had lots of fun deciphering the clues.


Roald Dahl Day 2016 - Happy 100th Birthday!! IMG 0030

On the 13th September 2016 we celebrated Roald Dahl day with extra gusto as it would have been his 100th birthday.

You could find your Dahl-ish name, make your dream jar, do crosswords and much more! Mr Wonka and his Oompa Loompa had some phizz-whizzing fun!

Discovery Centre Team

Christine Conbeer - Learning Resource Manager

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I joined the school in January 2003; and feel very privileged to have been part of the design of our new Discovery Centre, which I manage daily. I love my job, there are many days that I go home and something during that day has made me chuckle! Teenagers are a challenge, but it is a challenge that I thrive on!

I have three grown up children, my 2 boys are involved in motorsport; and both have race cars. My daughter is horse mad and manages her own yard, which involves hiring horses out to the local hunt. I also have a beautiful little granddaughter who is the apple of my eye!

I enjoy walking, chocolate and of course reading, not necessarily in that order!


Lucy Curry - Learning Resource Assistantmk av lucycurry 1

I work in the Discovery Centre as a Learning Resource Assistant and really enjoy my job because I love working with the students and helping Mrs Conbeer to create a vibrant learning space where everyone can come and enjoy learning. Before joining Melksham Oak Community School, I worked as a primary school teacher but have also worked as a teaching assistant and specialist teacher. I have triplet sons who are now 18 and really value my time out of school; spending time with my family, walking, gardening and playing the piano.