The Personal Learning Centre and Library

The Personal Learning Centre and Library

The Personal Learning Centre & Library (PLC) is managed by Mrs Ellsmore with the invaluable help of a team of trained, dedicated and enthusiastic pupil librarians. We aim to provide a safe, friendly and welcoming environment in which pupils are given the space and materials to read, study, research and learn.

When pupils enrol at Dormston they automatically become members of the PLC which offers them the following facilities:

The PLC is popular and well used throughout the school day. Teachers book the facility for lessons and the PLC can be used as one room or can be sectioned off to separate the computer area and library area as necessary. It is designed to meet the needs of each individual child with lift accessibility if required.

This is a lovely facility where pupils can work in a quiet and calm environment and is open for them to work independently during social times and before and after school.

Students may use the PC’s for research and homework whilst the library section offers a separate room to sit and read or do homework. Both of these areas provide students with a peaceful environment.


We are a school that loves to read. We passionately strive to promote, engage and enthuse students to enjoy books and to nurture in them, a lifelong love for reading.

Running throughout the year we provide activities, opportunities, events and celebrations to enjoy, including: author visits, literature trips, Dudley Children’s Books Awards, inter-school book quizzes, competitions, National Reading Day and World Book Day celebrations, book fairs, book and film nights, book reviewing, extra curricular books clubs, (see the book clubs tab for more details), Parent and Student Reading Group and a Staff Book Club too.

Access the school library catalogue from here.

Students are not able to access their own library account from this link but should browse the catalogue and e mail all book requests to Mrs Ellsmore,

If you would like to request a book that is not showing on the catalogue or you would like to recommend or suggest a book for our school library,  please simply e mail with the details.

Students must send e mails from their school e mail account only please.

Students may also request books by completing a paper format BOOK REQUEST slip, a supply of which can be found in any of the book returns boxes situated outside A7, A101, C102 and F Block Staff Room.


We aim to provide a safe, friendly and welcoming environment in which pupils are given the space and materials to read, study, research and learn...

AFTER SCHOOL BOOK CLUBS 3pm – 4pm (when restrictions allow)

Mon: Year 7

Tue:  Year 8

Wed: Year 9 

New members are always welcome and pupils  may join at any time throughout the school year.

Click here for the 2020 long and short list titles.

The Dudley Children’s Book Award is designed to encourage young people to read regularly and more widely and to try books they might not usually choose. 

Dudley Borough secondary school librarians work with their pupils by reading and nominating books (which must have been published in the current year and are not a sequel or part of a series) to produce a longlist of books. The librarians from the schools that take part then discuss the choices and decide on a short list of 7 books. The aim is for pupils to read all, or as many of them as they can. 

The nominated authors, staff and students who have taken part are invited to attend a celebration event, hosted by our school in The Dormston Mill Theatre. This well respected annual occasion will begin with pupils being able to choose and buy books before settling down to listen to talks and presentations given by the authors. There will be time for question and answers  followed by the much anticipated announcement of the winning book and author. The afternoon will conclude with refreshments, a chance to meet the authors, to have books signed and photographs taken.

Creating lots of excitement for the love of reading and generating fantastic book discussions, this is our very own local book shadowing opportunity that goes from strength to strength each year and we welcome and encourage all our pupils to take part.

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