All pupils and students are automatically members of the Library, a bright and welcoming space for quiet and purposeful study and reading for pleasure. Run by qualified, experienced staff, the Library provides print and digital resources to support academic progress, inspire curiosity, and promote a love of reading fiction and non-fiction.

Whether your child is just starting at our school, or going into year 13, we would ask you to encourage them to take advantage of the Library. In order that you also know what we offer, and also what we expect, we have made our information leaflet available online via the link at the bottom of this message. It would be very helpful if you would go through this information with your child to reinforce what they will be told at school. If you have any queries, please feel free to email and we will respond as quickly as we are able. The online information leaflet can be found through this link.

Library Clubs vary throughout the year to include the FAB Book Award reading group, the Design a Picture Book support group and Writers Club, with sixth form students leading some of these under the supervision of the librarian. Special events and activities create a buzz around reading and language whilst contributing to children’s culture capital. Either at outside trips or in school, children have met authors of many different genres, most recently writer and filmmaker Matt Dickinson, whose Everest Files trilogy is based upon his real life experience as an Everest summiteer.

Regular open hours amount to 32 hours and 20 minutes a week, so children can visit in their free time and sixth formers wanting a silent place to work may use the Library in their study periods. We host mentor time sessions featuring text-based activities for the younger years, and curriculum based classes as booked by the teaching staff.

We are lucky to have a great team of helpers including pupil librarians, library prefects, and adult volunteers, as well as children working towards Duke of Edinburgh awards. Southfields Library is supportive in augmenting our stock with books borrowed from their collection, and we are grateful to the Friends of Saint Cecilia’s for their assistance in buying books for our special whole school project.

The Library opening hours are as follows:

Monday: 8.50 a.m. to 3.55 p.m. Tuesday to Friday: 8.30 a.m. to 3.55 p.m.

Sixth formers must leave for KS3/4 breaks.

Monday after school is for library clubs. Please ask your child to check the notice board for the day’s events.

Closures may arise due to events or booked classes.

Please feel free to contact the School Librarian, Ms Susan Derby via email on with your comments or queries.

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