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 One of the keystones of our Library policy is:

  • To promote reading for pleasure and ensure the stock of fiction is both stimulating and diverse within funding resources, reflecting diversity, equality and inclusion, respectful of culture, race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or geographic origin.

The Library is a purpose-built space, home to over 14,000 resources over two floors,Library Image 1 including a bank of computers and with the advantage of an additional room adjoining the back of the Library. It is a calm working room, affording everyone the opportunity of quiet study or reading.

We are committed to maintaining an up-to-date and relevant collection the support the curriculum and work closely with the departments to ensure we are supporting each key stage appropriately. We are continually seeking to improve our ever-expanding fiction collection to reflect everyone in our student population in terms of age and diversity, balancing classic texts with modern fiction.


Library Catalogue

The Library catalogue can be accessed remotely via the school website using any connected device, making it far more accessible with greater functionality, including

Searching, browsing, reservations and adding reviews. The Home page is a news page for books and events and has a range of links for KS3, GCSE, A-level, EPQ and university applications, as well as the Library’s Twitter feed.

Our annual programme of events includes Blind Date With A Book (February), World Book Day author visit (March), Empathy Day (June), Laura Dockrill author-in-residence visit (every July), WHSG Book Award (annually Sept-Dec) and National Poetry Day (October), as well as our ‘Catch Me Reading’ termly draw for those ‘caught’ reading outside of lessons and our end-of-year reading prizes.

Author day is always a huge success with the girls. In the past we have had the pleasure of welcoming highly respected authors such as Sufiya Ahmed, Sophia Bennett, Anne Cassidy, Laura Dockrill, Mary Hooper, Sally Nicholls, Malcolm Rose, Chris Russell and Holly Smale.

We support our students’ right to read without prejudice or censorship and responsibility for book choices are the students’ own. We always seek to provide guidance on content and age appropriateness, and have bespoke recommended reading lists for each year group.

The Library Times is written and published by the Library every term with occasional special editions (available to browse in pdf format below).








Page Downloads Date  
Library Newsletter Autumn 2021 issue 18 06th Jan 2022 Download
Newsletter Summer 2022 issue 20 09th May 2022 Download


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