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Friday 25th March is Tolkien Reading Day!

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892 - 1973): is famous for his writings: The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion etc…

But did you know he was also  an artist? All those beautiful illustrations in his books,  from the map of Middle Earth to the gates of Moria, were all drawn by Tolkien himself! As well as his skill with a pencil and ink, he was a linguist, scholar and Professor at Oxford University where he spent most of his life.

He was a distinguished  academic in the fields of Old Norse and Old Middle English; now you know what the Elvish and Dwarf languages he used are  derived from.

To celebrate the day, our reading specialist Mrs. Manning has created a  presentation with an activity for our students. All they will need is a piece of paper and a pen and they will then be challenged to translate some sentences from Dwarvish runes (alphabet). 

There will be Tolkien activities in the library, and an audio book playing of "The Fellowship of the Ring" read by Andy Serkis (the actor who played Gollum).

Welcome to our newly refurbished school library!

Our school library is a friendly place, managed by our Reading Specialist Mrs. Manning and assisted by pupil librarians. We hope our pupils will enjoy reading the wide range of books, catching up on homework and sharing quiet time with their friends. There are a variety of fiction and non-fiction books to borrow and there are PCs available for pupils' use for homework tasks.

Fiction books are shelved in popular genre sections, allowing pupils to independently find books they will enjoy – funny, fairy tale, fantasy, mystery, scary, adventure or animal adventure. There are graphic novels, manga and young adult (for KS3 pupils) to choose from too.

Along with a small selection of non-fiction, pupils will also find short stories , true stories and quick reads.

Opening Hours

The library is open every lunchtime between 1:15pm and 2.00pm. Pupils will also visit the library during their library lessons.

As at March 2021, the library lunchtime sessions are as follows:

  • Monday: Year 5 & 6 book return and checkout
  • Tuesday: Year 7 & 8 book return and checkout
  • Wednesday: Year 5 & 6 Homework Club
  • Thursday: Year 7 & 8 Homework Club
  • Friday: Alice in Wonderland Book Club

The school's Stationery Shop is open in the library selling essential equipment, for example, handwriting pens (35p), pencils (10p), rulers (15p).
 Equipment price list

Borrowing books from the Library

Books are loaned to pupils for up to two weeks, and recorded on the library management system, with the return date stamped in the front of the book. If pupils are enjoying their book and need longer than two weeks, they can renew their current book for longer. If the book becomes overdue, the pupil will be sent a reminder via their form tutor to return the book to the library. If after 3 reminders, they have still not returned the book, then a letter will be sent home to parents/carers asking for the book to be replaced.