School Library

The school library is a key part of school life – whether it be reading for pleasure or researching online, or exploring text-books or catching up on a Home Learning Assignment.

With over 6,000 books in the library there is plenty to choose from, both fiction and non-fiction. The most recent additions to the library are the eight fantastic books shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

Take a look at the Key Stage 3 reading lists below if you need some inspiration. For older students there are plenty of Young Adult fiction titles on offer.

In Year 7, all students receive library orientation lessons to help them make the most of this fantastic resource for years to come.

Elsewhere, all students benefit from a comprehensive Learning 2 Learn programme as part of our Enrichment curriculum that develops study skills and equips them to work independently.

Using the Facilities

The Library is open from 8.30am until the start of the school day, and from 3.05pm to 4.30pm (Monday to Friday).

Like every indoor space, there is a finite capacity to the library. This is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Remote Book Orders – Resource Catalogue

Although students can browse the bookshelves and choose a book the traditional way, this can now be done virtually too.

Students complete an online book request and can borrow up to 3 books at one time for a 2 week period.

The librarian will manage such requests and deliver books to students’ form rooms.

Requests can be made here.

Available books can be viewed via the Resources Catalogue, which is available to you here.

Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader is a powerful tool for monitoring and managing independent reading practice while promoting reading for pleasure.

All KS3 students engage with this programme and the test and quizzes on the books can be accessed here.

Reading Lists

We encourage all students to read widely and for pleasure. The lists are age-appropriate and include a mixture of genres; there is something for everyone. There is also a list of books for those readers in each year group looking for an additional challenge.

Y7 Reading List
Y8 Reading List
Y9 Reading List
KS4 Reading List

Further Information

If you would like to find out more about the school library, please contact our School Librarians, Mrs Helena Cresswell and Mrs Nicola Burdett, via