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Our Library

The Library is a calm, work-orientated environment where all students and staff are welcome to read, study and relax throughout the school day. We have a large variety of resources to enjoy and study: fiction and non-fiction books, DVDs, CDs and magazines. Students can borrow most resources for a month at a time.

We also have e-readers, loaded with a variety of popular e-books, available to use in the Library during Reading Lessons and break times. Talking books are available on CD to borrow or listen to in the library.


​Monday to Thursday

 8.00 am - 4.30 pm


 8.00 am - 3.30 pm

The Library Team

​The Librarian (Mr Brooks) and Assistants (Mrs Vaux, Mrs Rundle and Ms Edwards) are always available to help.

Follow our blog Booksatbackwell, to keep up-to-date with our activities.

Library Support and Education

All Key Stage 3 students have a fortnightly Reading Lesson in our Fiction Room, where they are encouraged to read for pleasure and are introduced to new authors, series and genres by the Library staff and their own peers. 

​During lessons the sixth form use the Library for Private Study with access to laptops and the printer/copier. Students are shown how to use Library catalogues and on-line databases and given the skills to search these intelligently. Many are working towards their Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

​Authors, poets and other speakers are occasionally invited in to speak and work with students in all year groups. The Library staff run Team Quizzes on literary themes each term. 

​We have a large group of keen readers (Years 7-10) who shadow the Carnegie Book Award every year and are set to start a Manga and Graphix Club which will lead in to judging the Excelsior Award for Graphic Novels. 

Library and Reading Lesson Guide for Parents


​Log into Frog and click on the Library icon in Useful Links or Quick Links

From the Library homepage you can access our Library Catalogue and our blog, Booksatbackwell.

The Tabs at the top contain Advice, Leaflets, Reading Lists, Weblinks and videos. Take a look to see what could be useful to you. Most can be downloaded and printed.  

Great Reading Websites

Literature for Lads

A great book review blog for boys, lads, dads, males, gents, blokes, created by a School Librarian in Edinburgh.

Love Reading for Kids

A site with hundreds of suggestions for all kinds of readers, including those with dyslexia

Reading Zone

A lively site suggesting brilliant reads for children and young adults.


Fabulous site (for adults as well as students!) to keep track of what you read and would like to read.  For the voracious reader.

Children's Book Sequels

What it says on the tin! A simple way to locate the next book in your favourite series and it's always bang up to date.