The Library underwent a complete refurbishment during the summer of 2014 and was extended to provide a bright, modern and spacious environment for students and staff.

The Library is home to over 12, 000 books, magazines and media items and aims to provide up to date and relevant resources to support teaching and learning across the curriculum as well as support the varied interests of students. We specialise in promoting an exciting and wide range of the latest fiction and non-fiction to encourage reading for pleasure. We also offer a selection of films including the latest releases, book adaptations and films in foreign languages.

The newly expanded computer suite has 31 networked computers which students may use for independent research and homework during breaks and after school.

The Library is managed by Mrs A. Poole assisted by Mrs L. Kirkland. We operate a volunteer programme and are pleased to receive applications from students to enrol as library assistants to help during lunchtimes.

We are open to students from registration until an hour after school closes. Students are encouraged to visit the Library during break and lunchtime when they are always welcome to read, make use of the computers or play board games from our entertainments area.

Our opening hours are:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 8.50 – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday: 8.50 – 3.35pm
  • Friday: 8.50 – 4.00pm

(Parents should be aware however that on occasion the Library may need to close after school without notice).

Library Catalogue

Are you looking for a particular title? Do you want to find out whether the library stocks a range of books on a particular subject? Click on the link below to search the library’s catalogue. Use the author, title or keywords to start your search.

Online Magazines

Philip Allan publish a series of magazines which support studies for many subjects at KS5. The current print editions can be found in the LRC. To access the archive of magazines and linked resources for the subjects you are studying please log in and click on the link below.

Useful Links

Book of the Month

Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by John Boyne

‘From the bestselling author of The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, a moving and uplifting story of an ordinary boy’s search for his missing father during the First World War.’

This story is set in London and starts on Alfie Summerfield’s fifth birthday when war is announced and his father Georgie, swept up in all the excitement, immediately signs up.

It follows the family’s fortunes as they struggle to survive and Alfie takes on the role of the ‘man of the house’. Unbeknown to his mum, Alfie skips school and becomes a shoeshine boy at King’s Cross station. Alfie believes that his father is involved in a secret mission but one day he comes across some information that begins to explain why his father’s monthly letters have abruptly stopped.

Lots of colourful characters are introduced throughout the story; Alfie’s friend and neighbour Kalena together with her Dad who runs the local sweet shop: another neighbour Joe Patience: Doctor Ridgewell: even the Prime Minister makes an appearance!

The narrative is told from Alfie’s perspective and he proves to be a very likeable character. It’s an easy read but keeps the reader entertained from start to finish. It is also a poignant reminder of events 100 years ago.

Recommended to Y7+

You Recommend!

The Auschwitz Violin by Maria Angels Anglada

‘The Auschwitz Violin’, in its simplest description, is a story following a Jewish man called Daniel and his account of how he had to make a violin in time for a concert while constantly struggling to survive during his imprisonment in the Auschwitz camp. I feel that ‘The Auschwitz Violin’ is a truly gripping novel and the fact that it is a true story adds to the emotion. Although Maria Angels Anglada does write about Daniel’s desperate struggle to carry on and his battle with starvation, I feel that she only scratches the surface of the horrific suffering of an entire race. If she had added more ‘scenes’ of torment then the novel would have been even more gripping, although the real documents at the start of every chapter were used in a powerful way that shocked me as a reader, adding to the potency of the story.

My favourite scene was probably when the violin is completed and Daniel is called to the commander’s house (p114-115). He is told he has completed his task on time and is given a bonus which turns out to be some stew. This was a powerful scene as it made me realise how desperate they were and how a bowl of stew could bring so much happiness, strange as it may sound. Throughout the story we see how a struggle for food becomes a semantic field of torment and desperation. Daniel being awarded a bowl of stew gave me a sense of relief as the novel truly made me feel sorry for him.

Overall I think that ‘The Auschwitz Violin’ is a good read and I am very glad I picked it up. I award it 3/5* and found it quick to finish reading it in 2hrs 30 minutes.

Recommended by Charlie Higgins 10C

Book Groups

The Library hosts several book groups whose members meet regularly to share opinions about a selected book. If you like to read and would enjoy discussing great books with others, please join us! Call in to the Library and speak to Mrs Poole.