The school library is a key part of life at The Friary School – whether it be reading for pleasure or researching online, or exploring text-books or catching up on a Home Learning Assignment.

With over 6000 books in the library there is plenty to choose from, both fiction and non-fiction. The most recent additions to the library are the eight fantastic books shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. Take a look at the Key Stage 3 reading lists if you need some inspiration. For older students there are plenty of Young Adult fiction titles on offer.

In Year 7, all students receive library orientation lessons to help them make the most of this fantastic resource for years to come.

All students benefit from a comprehensive learning programme that develops study skills and equips them to work independently.

Using the Facilities

Our library is a rich source of subject texts and other resources which are a fantastic support to every child’s learning.

The Library is open from 8.30am until the start of the school day, and from 3.05pm to 4.30pm (Monday to Friday).

Like every indoor space, there is a finite capacity to the library. This is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is appropriately distanced and year group bubbles have designated tables.

Year 11 currently have priority access to the library for catch-up work during the second lunch sitting (12.35 – 1.05) daily.

Remote Book Orders – Resource Catalogue

Although students can browse the bookshelves and choose a book the traditional way, this can now be done virtually too. Students complete an online book request and can borrow up to 3 books at one time for a 2 week period. The librarian will manage such requests and deliver books to students’ form rooms.

Requests can be made here

Available books can be viewed via the Resources Catalogue, which is available to you here.

Accelerated Readeraccelerated-reader

Accelerated Reader is a powerful tool for monitoring and managing independent reading practice while promoting reading for pleasure.

All KS3 students engage with this programme and the test and quizzes on the books can be accessed here.

Key Stage 3 Reading Lists

We encourage all students to read widely and for pleasure. The lists are age-appropriate and include a mixture of genres; there is something for everyone. There is also a list of books for those readers in each year group looking for an additional challenge.

Y7 Reading List
Y8 Reading List
Y9 Reading List

Key Stage 4 Reading Lists

The Key Stage 4 reading list can be found here.

School Librarian

The school librarian is Mrs Helena Cresswell and she can be contacted directly via email at hcresswell@friaryschool.co.uk. Mrs Burditt is also joining the team this year.