The Library

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go" Dr. Seuss

History of the Library

The Library used to be the main school. The school was granted its Charter in 1555 by Phillip the Second of Spain and Mary the First of England. The school was built 1567 as you can see a key stone which gives the date through the far wooden door which holds many historical features. Four main Stained Glassed windows show figures of men whose names live on in the names which were given to houses in the school: Robert de Muston, William Gannock, John Laughton and Thomas Parry. There are two Honour boards above the front library door. Parry Gold Medal: this is given to the best scholar every year. Jim Howes Memorial Trophy: this is given to the student who gives above and beyond commitment to the school.

You can find out more about the Library's history , and the School's, on our History and Traditions page:


Opening Hours

Library Opening Hours are from Monday to Thursday 8.30am – 4.00pm and Friday 8.30 – 3.30pm.

Sixth Formers can use the library anytime during the day when they have study periods unless a class has been booked in. Students can use the library during break and lunch times.

What can I do in the Library

. Read a book!

. Homework

. Study

. Reading the National and Local Newspaper

. Play chess

. Play cards

. Play board games

. Use the computers or Chromebooks

. Find sanctuary in the busy day where students support each other's social and emotional wellbeing

How do I borrow books

Every student has been entered onto the library automated system.

When you have chosen your book or books, take them to the librarian for them to register them onto the system. You may take four books out at a time unless you are studying for GCSE and A Levels where you may take more for your studies.

Careers Library

The careers library is in the small room outside the main library.

This caters for all students. We have University Prospectuses, College information and any information on Higher Education and Occupations.

Changing themes

At least each term, but often more regularly, we run subject wider reading sections. This is where we overtly display and encourage students to get involved in reading books linked to a subject's curriculum. In Term 4 we are highlighting Maths!

David Acheson – 1089 + all That
Alex Bellos – Alex through the looking glass
Alex Bellos – Alex's Adventures in Numberland
Michael Blastland and Andrew Dilnot – The Tiger that isn’t seeing through a world of Numbers
Helen Czerski – Storm in a Teacup
Siobhan David – The Land on Eye Mystery
Marcus Du Sautory – The Music of the Primes
Rob Eastaway and Jeremy Wydham – Why do Buses come in Threes?
Hans Magnus Enzensberger – The Number Devil A Mathematical Adventure
Lissa Evans – Small Change for Stuart
Stephan Hawking – God Created the Integers
Nigel Lesmoir – Fractals a Graphic Guide
Simon Singh – Fermat's last Theorem
Simon Singh – The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets
Daniel Tammet – Thinking in Numbers

Year 7 & 8 Reading Challenge

Choose a book, read it, complete a review, get House Points added to your class thermometer.....simple. Sample reviews below:

Sample reading reviews