The Senior School library is available to the whole school community, during term times, offering a range of resources that support the curriculum and independent learning.
Our Librarian (Mrs Cassell) liaises closely with heads of departments to ensure that subjects covered in class are resourced in the Library, so that the girls can obtain information books to assist with their homework and private study.
The fiction stock covers a wide range of both contemporary and classic titles to encourage an enjoyment of reading. Our Librarian and the English Department work together to promote the “Reading Passport” scheme which encourages every girl to read a variety of genres and progress vital literacy and analytical skills.
We are also involved in the Red House Children’s Book Award (a national annual prize for the best work of fiction for children, awarded by the Federation of Children's Book Groups) and invite girls from all years to read and give their opinions on a selection of books submitted by publishers via the Award organizers and the Librarian.
The Library works closely with the English Department to organize a range of extra-curricular activities and we regularly welcome authors to talk to girls in years 7, 8 and 9 and hold book signings. The last author to visit us was Ally Carter who is the author of Heist Society, Uncommon Criminals, and the popular Gallagher Girls series
We often have book sales and literary themed events to mark World Book Day and other literary anniversaries.
The Library stock includes specialist journals, newspapers and foreign language magazines. There are also regular in-house displays, which may include short stories and/or poems written by the girls and a showcase of in-depth projects which have been researched in the Library.
The Librarian also liaises with the teaching staff at St Mary's Lower School and helps plan joint literary initiatives.
Recommended Reading Lists
For the latest recommended reading lists, click on the links below. All titles are available in the Senior Library.
KEY STAGE 3 READING LIST
KEY STAGE 4 READING LIST