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Great Expectations Part One - Thursday 30th November and Friday 1st December 2017.  Start time 7.00pm.

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"Join us for the first half of an epic journey through the greatest story ever told. The tale of Pip, Charles Dickens' mighty "Great Expectations" will straddle the two ends of this academic year. Part One of this two-part adaptation will be performed next week on Thursday 30 November and Friday 1 December in the Main Hall at 7pm. (Please note the earlier than usual start time). Part Two will form our Trinity Term drama production in July 2018. Lose yourself in the interlocking destinies of some of the most celebrated characters in English Literature, brought to life by a huge and eclectic cast drawn from students in every year group in the school and with a record number of teaching staff mining their thespian talent! This promises to be a very special evening of live theatre."


The impressive and well-stocked Library in Queen's Wing offers pupils at Queen Elizabeth's convenient access to a wide range of reference and reading material.  

It provides a tranquil haven from the bustle of everyday activity and houses a stock of over 26,000 items including online resources - comprising of traditional books, e-books, daily newspapers, magazines, academic journals, audiobooks and other much needed reading material. We wish to encompass all areas of information use and retrieval, including electronic, whilst at the same time maintaining the tradition of the printed word; very much the best of both worlds. QEGS Library uses the Dewey Decimal system.

The Library also offers access to the internet for pupils wishing to expand their research. The Library is open from 8.30 until 16:45, which includes the after school Homework Club. Pupils are encouraged to use the Library before school and at lunchtime for extra help in selecting co-curricular reading.

The Library catalogue can be accessed across the school and beyond, including from home via an internet connection, click here to access Eclipse.net. The free app imls for Eclipse.net is also available to download to mobile and tablet devices. This access allows pupils to add book reviews, check their own Library accounts and make reservations.

The Library has an essential role to play in supporting pupils' learning and their development as independent learners. Information Literacy is taught by the Librarian to all Year 7, 8 & 9 students during timetabled Library lessons. Other departments are encouraged to book the Library for research - the Library is used extensively throughout the day. The Library also strives to develop a love of reading, reading for pleasure - to this end we use Accelerated Reader as our reading programme which covers both fiction and non-fiction titles.  The Librarian also teaches research skills to all EPQ students in Year 12. 

An induction period is set aside for Year 12 where all students are introduced to the Library and its resources. All pupils in Year 12 & 13 are strongly encouraged to use the Library during their free periods and are also encouraged to read for pleasure. The Library holds an excellent stock of Classics/Literature and other reading material suitable for AS/A Level studies. Many of our resources have been recommended by Heads of Departments which encourages students to read widely around their chosen studied subjects.

Authors and speakers are regularly invited into school to help generate a real sense of excitement of literature and learning. The Library celebrates key events, such as National Storytelling Week, Book Week, World Book Day, Carnegie Medal Book Award and National Poetry Day. There are also many Library clubs to join including the Carnegie Club, our popular Bookmark Club for those who love to create and craft, and our old time favourite, Telling Tales (storytelling sessions). The Library is particularly popular during lunch and break times.

A team of Year 8 pupils follow the Pupil Librarian Training Programme (endorsed by the School Library Association) and assist the Librarian daily at lunchtimes. A Pupil Librarian of the year award is presented annually at Prize Giving.

We are indeed extremely proud of our issues for 2015/16 which stand at 10,585 – a truly remarkable figure.

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A former private school, QEGS is now a 4-19 co-educational free school. This is a state-funded independent school so, while we
no longer charge fees, we retain
an independent-school ethos,
placing strong emphasis on high
academic standards, exemplary
behaviour and extra-curricular
commitment. This combination,
as we know from our 500 years
of experience, is a guarantee of
success, as our results show
year after year.

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