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Library Newsletter - No:1 - 'Beyond the Books' - June 2020
Library Newsletter - No:2 - 'Beyond the Books' - July 2020

Recommended Reading Lists

Recommended Reading List Year 7
Recommended Reading List Year 8
Recommended Reading List Year 9

Classics Challenge

Read a selection of the classics to complete the Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.  House points and other rewards are given for completing each level and students who complete the Gold level will have their names engraved on a plaque in the Library. 

List of books
Classics Challenge form

Book of the Month - July 2020

School for Good and Evil series

By Soman Chainani

As a series of 6 books, the School for Good and Evil takes every fairy-tale cliché and twists it, pushing the boundaries and changing the meaning of good and evil. This series is full of great, complex and intriguing characters with a brilliant plot. Each book feels packed with action, and the amount of development you get within just one book is astounding.

By Niamh Fitzgerald 

Opening Hours

The Library is open all day, including break and lunchtime.  The Librarian is available between 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. every day.  Year 8 Student Librarians help at the Issue Desk at lunchtimes and Sixth Form Librarians assist before 9:00 a.m. and after 2:30 p.m. You are welcome to come in before school or at 3:05 p.m. after school to read a book or do your homework.

If you are in the Sixth Form, please make use of the quiet, comfortable study facilities, resources and laptops provided by the Library throughout the day to support your independent learning.

Borrowing Books

Please bring your Library card to the desk to issue books. 

  • Years 7 to 11 may borrow 2 items
  • Years 12 & 13 may borrow 4 items

Choosing a Reading Book

  • Cover - Does the cover look exciting?
  • Title - Does it sound appealing?
  • Blurb - When I read the blurb does it sound interesting? (Look on the back of the book!)
  • Author - Have I heard of this author? Do I like other books they have written?
  • Key Words - Does it say "based on a TV show" or "mystery" or other things I like?
  • Genre - Do I like this type of book (for example comic or adventure)
  • "Dip in" - Choose a page and read it.  Do I like what I read?

Please click here to see what books are available in the Library:

Library Catalogue 

Book of the Month - June 2020


By Alison Nöel

A 16-year-old girl is the sole survivor of a car crash that killed her whole family. She lives with her aunt in Southern California. She discovers she can read the thoughts of those around her, and she is haunted by her dead sister Riley.  She hates her life because she can only see aura (different colours that represents your feelings) until she finds someone different.

By Lavanya Gaur

Book of the Month - May 2020

Once, Then, Now, After, Soon and Maybe – book series

By Morris Gleitzman

This book series consists of six books - Once, Then, Now, After, Soon and Maybe. They follow the life of a young Jewish boy called Felix on the run from the Nazis in Poland.  He faces many challenges that touch on this in a way that reflects what it was like for children like this at the time. The journey the main character Felix goes through, as he suffers losses and feels terror, worry and fear but never losing hope, is what is inspiring about this series and is why it is a great book that shows the horror of the past through the eyes of a character caught in the Second World War.

By Sophie Richardson

Book of the Month - April 2020

Journey to the River Sea

By Eva Ibbotson

This book portrays the themes of discovery and adventure. A girl in her youth goes through a series of unexpected events when she moves to live with her distant relatives in the Amazon. Little did she know that her family wasn’t what she had hoped for. Her life begins to change when she meets a boy called Finn (which she was also not expecting), and he gives her hope as well as more amazing facts about the jungle. This book is sure to engulf you in the magical world of the Amazon.

By Husaina Lokhandwala