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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 12,000 resources over two floors, including a bank of computers. 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 in terms of the curriculum, working closely with our departments to ensure we are supporting each key stage appropriately. In terms of our ever-expanding fiction collection, we are continually seeking to improve our stock 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 a smartphone or a laptop, allowing students greater opportunities for searching or browsing, making reservations and adding reviews. The Home page also contains a wide range of links for KS3, GCSE, A-level, EPQ and university applications, as well as links to book adaptations, literary festivals and our own 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.

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 encourage our students to read without censorship. Responsibility for book choices are the students’ own; however, we always seek to provide guidance on content and age appropriateness, and offer reading suggestions for each year group with our recommended reading lists.


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The ‘Library Times’ is produced and published by the Library every term, in addition to occasional special editions.
(Available in pdf format for download below.)






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    We are sad to announce that Mrs Lorene Camy, a former teacher at Westcliff High School for Girls passed away suddenly on 12th January 2021, aged 77 years.
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    GCSE and A-level Certificate Collection Day has been cancelled due to COVID restrictions. You will be contacted when we have more information about rescheduling.
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    • UPDATE • We're sorry to have to inform you that Year 11 will need to remain away from school for a further day, Tuesday 15th December 2020, where remote learning will continue to take place. We will contact you again tomorrow with an update on the situation.
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    Tomorrow we will clarify who needs to self-isolate beyond this day and notify you accordingly. We apologise for the disruption this will cause. Lessons will follow the normal timetable and take place using remote learning.
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    • IMPORTANT • We have considered the cases notified to us this weekend and the likely impact on the rest of the year group - and have decided that all Year 11 pupils will need to self-isolate on Monday 14th December 2020.
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