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Library & Resource Centre

The Library and Resource Centre is a modern, purpose-built Library with networked computers and a range of books, magazines, newspapers, electronic resources and audio-visual materials to cater for the diverse interests, ages and abilities of our students.

Using the Library

Students may visit the Library to read, borrow items, complete homework, use the computers, play board games or visit the stationery shop.  Computer games may not be played before or after school.  During the school day, teachers bring classes to the Library to deliver lessons and to use the resources for reading and research. 

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Borrowing items

All pupils and staff are members of the Library. Materials can be used in the Library, in the classroom and at home. Most of the books are available for loan.

Years 7, 8 and 9 may borrow:

  • 4 Library items for 4 weeks
  • DVDs may be borrowed for 2 days

Years 10 and 11 may borrow:

  • 5 Library items for 4 weeks
  • DVDs may be borrowed for 2 days

Years 12 and 13 may borrow:

  • 6 Library items for 4 weeks
  • DVDs may be borrowed for 3 days

Items may be reserved in person at the Library desk or online.

All items should be returned promptly to the ‘Returns’ box in the main Library.   

Events and activities

The Library organises numerous activities throughout the school year aimed at encouraging reading for pleasure and improving research skills.  In addition, we celebrate national and global events such as International Games Day in the Autumn term and World Book Day in the Spring term.  We run Reading Groups to shadow Book Awards such as the Stan Lee Excelsior Award and the Carnegie CILIP Award.

In addition to this, we have hosted a number of acclaimed visiting authors and poets over the last few years. These have included: Ele Fountain (‘Boy 87’), Darren O’Sullivan (‘Our Little Secret’, ‘Dark Corners’), Simon James Green (‘Noah Can’t Even’, ‘Heartbreak Boys’), Jess Butterworth (‘When The Mountains Roared’), Marcus Sedgwick (‘Voyages in the Underworld of Orpheus Black’, ‘Snowflake, AZ’) to poet-educators, such as Mark Grist and Lewis Buxton. 

What’s available?

  • A wide range of fiction books arranged by genre so you can easily find something that appeals to you.Genres range from Adventure Stories to Graphic Novels to Young Adult Fiction
  • Daily newspapers
  • Monthly magazines including Empire, Top Gear, and Vogue
  • A huge range of non-fiction books
  • Reference books
  • Revision guides for all subjects
  • DVDs
  • In our Study Area there is a section dedicated to A Level and above.
  • A 65 inch interactive screen which teachers can use during lessons and which is used for our weekly Film Club
  • Ipads to be used during lessons in the Library


A range of clubs take place in the Library, including Chess Club, Film Club and Homework Club.  Parent / carer permission is required to join the Film Club.  Homework Club is managed by a member of the teaching staff.

Opening times

The Library is open from 8:15 – 4:00 (Monday-Thursday) and from 8:15 – 3:30 on Fridays.


There are 8 networked computers in the Library. We provide supervised access to the internet for homework and research. There is also access to a black and white printer.

Stationery shop

The school stationery shop is based in the Library. Students may visit the shop anytime to buy everything from pens and pencils to exam packs.

Library Code of Conduct

  • Classroom rules apply in the Library.
  • You need to find a seat.
  • You need to read or work quietly.
  • Please put bags down on the floor.
  • No mobile phones, music players, games consoles or headphones.
  • No eating or drinking.

Contact the Library and Resource Centre

You can contact the Library on: 01480 459581


The school Library staff are always on hand to assist with finding reading material, information and with homework.