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The Library

The Library is centrally located on the ground floor of the school, and is a well-resourced area, widely used by pupils and staff.

With a book resource of approximately 8,000 titles in fiction and non-fiction; a small reference section; newspapers; magazines; and chromebooks offering Internet access; the Library provides good, up-to-date information for pupils wishing to pursue independent research or read for pleasure.

All pupils are automatically members of the library on joining the school, and almost all of the books are available for loan. The library is open throughout the school day and all pupils can come in at any time during Break and Lunch.

Throughout the year the Library celebrates book-related events such as National Non-Fiction Day and World Book Day, with quizzes, competitions and special events.

Letter to parents from the Librarian

Riveting Reads

Below you will find a few suggestions of good books for you to read. There is a list for each year group, but this is just intended as a guide. There is nothing wrong with a Year 7 pupil reading a book from the Year 8 list or vice versa. We all have very different interests and what appeals to one person, may not appeal to you. Remember, if you are not enjoying a book after a few chapters, just try a different one and it won’t be long before you find a book that you don’t want to put down.  There are so many brilliant books, it is hard to limit my suggestions to just a few, so I will keep adding to the lists and welcome your suggestions, too. If your favourite book is not on the lists, let me know…

Happy Reading!

Having a Clear Out?

If you are sorting out at home and have any books that you no longer need, please remember that they could be of use to us in the Library.

We can use donations of books in several ways:

  • For library stock if we don't already have copies of the book.
  • As spares, as library books damage quickly after they have been loaned several times.
  • As prizes for competitions.
  • As sale stock to raise funds for future purchases for the library.

So, if you have any books that are in a good condition and are clogging up your shelves, please drop them off at reception and we will put them to good use. If we really can't use them for any reason, then we will donate them to charity. 

 Accelerated Reader

To encourage reading for development alongside reading for pleasure, the school subscribe to Accelerated Reader for all Key Stage 3 pupils. 

Click the orange button to log into Accelerated Reader & for helpful step-by-step guides see the links below.



 Library Web App

Click the picture below for our Library WebApp. This is where you can search for library books online, write book reviews, reserve books and much more...



Competition Success

Congratulations to Jemima Moulder and Isobel Warhurst who created a brilliant book trailer for Lock the Doors by Vincent Ralph, which was picked as the runner-up in the 10 for 10 Challenge competition organised by Creative Learning Services throughout Leicestershire. Take a look at the trailer below and if you like the look of it, borrow the book from the Library.



Anniversary Reading Champions!

South Charnwood High School Book Club attends the prestigious CILIP Carnegie Medal Ceremony in London.

The members of the book club at South Charnwood have been awarded the title of Anniversary Reading Champions by the judges of the CILIP Carnegie Children’s Book Awards. 

2017 was the 80 anniversary of this prestigious award and the competition asked school groups who shadow the awards to read as many of the past-winning books as they could and decide on their all-time Top 10. South Charnwood’s book club got to work straight away reading lots of brilliant books and then produced a video of their Top 10, filmed in different scenarios around the school that best matched the settings of the books.

The judges were suitably impressed and declared South Charnwood as Anniversary Reading Champions for 2017! The prize was to attend the CILIP Carnegie Medal Ceremony in London on June 19th. This was a wonderful occasion attended by world-famous authors, illustrators, publishers and librarians. They were able to see the 2017 awards announced for the Carnegie Medal, the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Amnesty CILIP Honour; and were able to chat to current and past winners, shortlisted authors and illustrators alike at the drinks reception after the ceremony.

For further information about the CILIP Carnegie Medal visit www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk