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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.
(Parents should be aware however that on occasion the Library may need to close after school without notice).
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.
Philip AllanOnline Magazine Service
Note: You may need to ask your Tutor for the log in and password
EMSOnline Magazine Service
Are you looking for a really good read? We think these eight books are outstanding and hope that you will agree! Many staff and students have accepted the Big Read challenge during the last two years and have shared their opinions with one another. There’s no requirement to love the book you choose – in fact, we think there may be a marmite book in there! Please join the conversation by reading one of these recommended titles (PDF).
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.
The Year 7 Book Group is reading:
"Two dead bodies. One unforgettable hero. The beginning of a legend." Youngsherlock.com review
"It had me turning the pages like wildfire!" Flipside review
"As thrilling as a rollercoaster ride" The BookTrust
"a totally excellent adventure — a lit bit Bond, a lit bit Matrix and a lot of what you’ve never read before. Someone make this into a movie!" Flipside review
"This contains a satisfying mystery, a breathtaking escape… and a harrowing journey into the unknown and cryptic messages for the reader to decipher" Kirkus review
The Year 8 Book Group is reading:
"A satire of our times. Very funny indeed." Sunday Times
"It will satisfy the cravings of Hunger Games fans…this book will blow you away." MTV review
The Declaration is one of those rare books that changes the way you see the world. (Publishing News)
"This phenomenal novel is a thought-provoking story of relationships and family, first love, growing up, ethics and dilemmas." Waterstones.com review
"A shattering tale that begins with a promise and delivers an entire universe" Kirkus review
The Year 9 Book Group is reading:
"Outstanding…a stunningly good read" Observer review
"…a delicate and emotionally sophisticated coming-of-age tale" The Guardian review
The Year 10 Book Group is reading:
"Frightening in its implications… Mr. Bradbury’s account of this insane world, which bears many alarming resemblances to our own, is fascinating." The New York Times
"There is an Orwellian harshness about this dystopia that makes for disturbing and provocative reading" Daily Record
"You’ve never read a book like this before" Jodi Picoult
The other side of Gone with the Wind – and just as unputdownable. (The Sunday Times)
"[A] modern day immorality tale… delivered with a horrific sense of foreboding" Arena
"It asks you the most terrifying question – what do you have left when you lose yourself?" Guardian Bookshop
The exciting Medusa Project series from award winning author Sophie McKenzie begins with The Set-Up which features four teenagers with emerging psychic powers. Fourteen years ago they were implanted with a psychic gene as part of a sinister experiment into human development and this has given each of them a different special ability including the power to read minds and to see into the future. Government agents bring the teenagers together as a secret crime fighting unit but there are many others who would love to have access to their special powers and their lives are soon at risk. Packed full of thrilling action and adventure, this series concludes with the much anticipated Hit Squad!!
Recommended for Y7+
At the Sign of the Sugared Plum tells the story of Hannah who moves to London full of excitement only to find out that the plague is spreading through the city. As more and more people become ill, Hannah and her sister have to decide what to do. I recommend this book to anyone who likes drama.
Recommended by Hannah Ditchum 7S