Library Resource Centre

The team Opening hours
Ms Wyld – Chartered Librarian


8.15am until registration (except Tuesdays and Fridays)
Break time
After school until 3.30pm
What does the library offer students?
  • Fiction books – a wide ranging collection, covering many interests and all ability levels
  • Non-fiction books – curriculum titles to extend learning, plus hobbies and general interest
  • Newspapers & magazines – one national and one local newspaper every day plus a range of general interest magazines 
  • DVDs – to support texts covered in English
  • 12 computers – bookable for schoolwork during breaks, printing is available
  • Study space
  • Board games – to play during break
  • Revision Guides – recommended by teachers
  • Manga Mania – a student led club every Monday lunchtime

Stationery shop

All the basics at great prices 


Up to 2 fiction, 2 non-fiction and 1 DVD at the same time. If the book you’d like is out, it can be reserved for you. Books are issued for 2 weeks, and DVDs for 1. If you bring something back late there will be a small fine of 1p per day to pay – this money is donated to charity. But you can renew to stop your book going overdue!


The library is a space for quiet reading, study and playing board games. Please show consideration to other users, and keep the noise level low. No food or drinks are allowed in the library. No use of mobile phones at any time in the LRC. Poor behaviour may result in you being asked to leave.

Newspapers for Schools

We have signed up to use a website that holds archives for almost all national & local newspapers in the UK. This is the website link

Please see Ms Wyld for login information.

Book Groups

We have groups in years 7 -10 which meet once a term at lunchtime in the LRC. These are a great chance to try a different read, and then chat about it with other keen readers. Please come and ask Ms Wyld for more details.

Join our Manga Mania group every Monday lunchtime for Manga drawing fun.  This is a student-led group and you can drop in at any time.

Every year we shadow the Carnegie book award. This takes place during the Spring, and is a great chance to read some of the best fiction published and vote for your favourite.

Events & Competitions

We hold book events throughout the year, so keep an eye out for the next one!  We celebrate Roald Dahl Day each year with our year 7 students, and for the whole school we love World Book Day. Waterstone’s also come along every year with loads of books for our very own bookshop, with everything at a discounted price.

Author visits can be a truly inspiring experience, and we have been very lucky to host some well-known authors such as John Barrowman, Cathy Cassidy, Darren Shan, and of course ex-student Huw Powell.



If you need help, ask Ms Wyld, she can advise on what books you’ve got out, help you with research, or with finding a great read.

Reading Ideas for KS3

Reading ideas for year KS3 ( years 7, 8 & 9) All these books are in the school library.

Blackman, Malorie Hacker
Colfer, Eoin Artemis Fowl series
Collins, Suzanne The Hunger Games
Higson, Charlie The Enemy
Horowitz, Anthony Stormbreaker (Alex Rider series)
Masters, Anthony Finding Joe
Rose, Malcolm Forbidden Island
Ryan, Chris Twister
Snickett, Lemony Series of Unfortunate Events
Walden, Mark H.I.V.E. Series
Animal stories
Adams, Richard Watership Down
Daniels, Lucy Animal Ark Series
Jacques, Brian Redwall Series
King-Smith, Dick The Cuckoo Child
Morpurgo, Michael Little Foxes
Toft, Di Wolven
Westall, Robert The Cats of Seroster
Alcott, Louisa May Little Women
Dickens, Charles Oliver Twist
Kipling, Rudyard Kim
Nesbit, E The Railway Children
Sewell, Anna Black Beauty
Twain, Mark The Prince & the Pauper
Quick reads
Dahl, Michael Library of Doom Series
Fisher, Catherine The Ghost Box
Hardcastle, Michael Soccer Secret
Jennings, Paul Unstoppable!
Pitcher, Caroline Please don’t eat my Sister
Powling, Chris A Ghost behind the Stars
Simon, Francesca Horrid Henry’s Nits
Family, friends & school
Bailey, Helen Life at the Shallow End
Cabot, Meg Princess Diaries
Fine, Anne Flour babies
Ford, Catherine Fat Boy Swim
Gibbons, Alan Chicken
Higgins, Chris A Perfect Ten
LaFleur, Suzanne Love, Aubrey
McKenzie, Sophie Three’s a Crowd
Ure, Jean Fizzy Pop!
Wilson, Jacqueline The Suitcase Kid
Fantasy & magic
Gibbons, Alan Shadow of the Minotaur
Higgins, F.E. Black Book of Secrets
Ibbotson, Eva Which Witch?
Le Guin, Ursula A Wizard of Earthsea
Lewis, CS The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe
Lore, Pittacus I Am Number Four
Paver, Michelle Wolf Brother
Reeve, Philip Mortal Engines
Riordan, Rick Percy Jackson series
Tolkien, JRR The Hobbit
Wooding, Chris Malice
Ghost & mystery & horror
Blackman, Malorie Dead Gorgeous
Deary, Terry True Horror Stories
Gaiman, Neil Coraline
Mayhew, Jon Mortlock
Pearce, Phillipa Tom’s Midnight Garden
Shan, Darren Any title
Voake, Steve Bloodhunter
Boyne, John The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Fraser, Antonia King Arthur
Garfield, Leon Smith
Gavin, Jamila Coram Boy
Sutcliffe, Rosemary The Eagle of the Ninth
Have a laugh
Cowell, Cressida How to train your Dragon
Dahl, Roald Matilda
Dhami, Narinder Bindi Babes
Jennings, Paul Unmentionable
Kinney, Jeff Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
Strong, Jeremy Beware! Killer tomatoes
Townsend, Sue Secret diary of Adrian Mole
Science Fiction
Adams, Douglas Hitch hiker’s guide to the galaxy
Fisk, Nicholas Trillions
Mahy, Margaret Aliens in the family
Swindells, Robert Hydra
Valentine, James Jumpman series
Wells, HG The Time Machine
Wyndham, John The Kraken Wakes
Arksey, Neil Playing on the edge
Blacker, Terence Hotshots
Freedman, Dan The Kick Off
Hardcastle, Michael The Team That Wouldn’t Give In
Impey, Rose The Shooting Star
Palmer, Tom Foul Play
Waddell, Martin Napper series
War time
Bawden, Nina Carrie’s War
Burgess, Melvin An Angel for May
Chambers, Aiden Postcards from no man’s land
Morpurgo, Michael Private Peaceful
Westall, Robert Blitzcat

Reading Ideas for KS4

Reading ideas for year KS4 (years10 & 11). All these books are in the school library!

Bedford, Martyn Flip
Brown, Dan The Da Vinci Code
Dashner, James The Maze Runner
Gray, Keith Malarkey
Johnson, Pete Avenger
Muchamore, Robert “Cherub” series
Ness, Patrick Knife of Never Letting Go
Pullman, Philip The Butterfly Tattoo
Sachar, Louis Holes
Blackman, Malorie “Noughts & Crosses” trilogy
Dunmore, Helen Ingo
Golding, Julia Secret of the Sirens
Higson, Charlie The Enemy
Malley, Gemma The Declaration
Paolini,Christopher Eragon
Sedgwick, Marcus The Book of Dead Days
Taylor, G.P. Wormwood
Tolkien, JRR Lord of the Rings
Family & relationships
Brooks, Kevin iBoy
Burgess, Melvin Kill all Enemies
David, Keren When I was Joe
Ford, Catherine Fat Boy Swim
Hornby, Nick About a boy
Limb, Sue Any title
Meyer, Stephanie “Twilight” series
Mlynowski, Sarah Ten Things We Shouldn’t Have Done
Naidoo, Beverley The Other Side of Truth
Rai, Bali Jugglin’
Rosoff, Meg How I Live Now
Valentine, Jenny Broken Soup
Ward, Rachel Numbers
Westerfeld, Scott Uglies
Science Fiction
Adams, Douglas Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Clayton, Emma Roar
Dickinson, John W.E.
Grant, Michael Gone
Singer, Nicky Gem X
Breslin, Theresa Remembrance
Chambers, Aiden Postcards from No-Man’s Land
Doweswell, Paul Auslander
Levy, Angela Small Island
Marquez, Gabriel Maria All Quiet on the Western Front
Pausewang, Gudrun Dark Hours
Donnelly, Jennifer A Gathering Light
Hearn, Julie Ivy
Hooper, Mary At the Sign of the Sugared Plum
Landman, Tanya Apache
Peet, Mal Life; An Unexploded Diagram
Wallace, Jason Out of Shadows
Zusak, Marcus The Book Thief
Award winners
Almond, David Clay
Bowler, Tim Starseeker
Ness, Patrick A Monster Calls
Peet, Mal Tamar
Have a laugh
Boyce, Frank Cottrell Millions
Farman, John Zulus, Girls and Videos
Fielding, Helen Bridget Jones’ Diary
Hiaasen, Carl Hoot
Pratchett, Terry “Discworld” series
Towensend, Sue The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole
Crime & mystery
Brooks, Kevin Kissing the Rain
Collins, Wilkie The Moonstone
Dowd, Siobhan London Eye Mystery
Gibbons, Alan The Dark Beneath
Haddon, Mark Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
McKenzie, Sophie Girl, missing
Rose, Malcolm Lost Bullet
Horror & ghosts
Blackman, Malorie The Stuff of Nightmares
Gaiman, Neil The Graveyard Book
Gordon, Roderick Tunnels
Jacques, Brian Ribbajack
Herbert, James Shrine
Johnson, Pete The Protectors
Kennan, Ally Beast
Arksey, Neil Playing on the Edge
Bo, Ben Burn out
Peet, Mal Penalty
Austen, Jane Emma
Carter, Angela The Magic Toy Shop
Fowles, John The French Lieutenant’s Woman
Huxley, Aldous Brave New World
Orwell, George 1984
Shelley, Mary Frankenstein

Useful Websites

Carnegie book award shadowing
The biggest & best known children’s book award – have a look at the St Katherine’s pages.


Children’s Book Sequels
This site lists all your favourite series in order, so you never have to wonder what comes next!

World Book Day
Details galore for this popular annual event.

Libraries West
Home page for the public library portal covering Bristol, North Somerset, BANES, South Gloucestershire & Somerset.

Book Box
Information, games, reviews & loads more!

Literature for Lads
New site aimed at recommending reads for older boys.

No Flying No Tights
Features graphic novels & manga – reviews, recommendations.

Teen Librarian
Even more reviews & author stuff, as well as booklists

Reading Matters
Loads of great reading suggestions – try the lucky dip feature!

Love Reading

Created to highlight Young Adult books - awash with great stories

YA Book Prize

The UK’s first book prize specifically for YA titles

Website links – web tools

Cloud-based presentation software

Generate ‘word clouds’ from text provided by you

Create animated slideshows – a great way to present information

Create your own flash cards to help with revision

Create online, interactive posters

Website links – authors

Just a few websites – there are sites for all your favourite authors!