The academy library is open to all students and staff, before, during and after the school day. It offers an informal learning environment where students can borrow fiction and non-fiction books, use a suite of i-Macs, study, read, and choose refreshments from Joe's Cafe.


Fiction catalogue

Our fiction catalogue is arranged by genre:

  •  Family, Friendships and Relationships

  • Thrillers, Adventure and Mystery

  • Fantasy and Magic

  • Traditional Fiction

  • Humour

  • Realistic Fiction

  • Graphic Novels

  • Literary Classics

  • Special Interest, including animals and sports

Each genre is colour coded to make finding an appealing book easy.

 Non-Fiction Catalogue

 Our non-fiction catalogue is arranged in groups of knowledge or areas of interest:

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), plus Medicine, Computing, Design and Transport

  • The Natural World including the Environment, Biology, Geography and Botany

  • The Arts including Poetry, Drama, Entertainment and Media

  • Politics, Law and Commerce, including Crime

  • Wellbeing and Healthy Living including Lifestyle, Food and Drink, Psychology, Philosophy and Religion

  • Sports, Hobbies and Games

  • People including biographies and auto-biographies

  • History

  • Languages

Recommended Reading List

Any student looking for some great books to read might enjoy our recommendations:

Year 7

Wolf by Gillian Cross
Boy  by  Roald Dahl
War Horse  by  Michael Morpurgo
Raptor   by Paul Mindel
Pig Heart Boy by Malory Blackman
The Graveyard Book   by Neil Gaiman
Wonder by  R J Palacio
Holes  by   Louis Sacher
Cosmic  by  Frank Cottrell Boyce

Year 8

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman
Blitzcat by Robert Westall
The Hunger Games  by  Suzanne Collins
The Book Thief by  Marcus Cusack
Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine
Goggle Eyes  by  Anne Fine
Small Steps by  Louis Sacher
Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
Artemis Fowl by  Eoin Colfer
Mr Creecher  by Chris Priestly
Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman

Year 9

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Chinese Cinderella by  Adeline Yen Mah
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Flambards by K M Peyton
How I live Now  by Meg Rosoff
I am David by Anne Holm
Girl Missing by Sophie McKenzie
Divergent Trilogy by  Veronica Roth
Gone by Michael Grant
The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd
The Mortal Instruments Series  by  Cassandra Clare
Uglies Series by Scott Westerfield
Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher
Ender’s Game  by Orson Scott Card

Years 10 and 11

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
Guantanamo Boy  by  Anna Perriera
Noughts and Crosses by  Malory Blackman
To Kill A Mocking Bird by  Harper Lee
Roxy’s Baby by  Cathy MacPhail
The Color Purple   by Alice Walker
The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian by  Sherman Alexie
Paper Towns by John Green
Fahrenheit 451 by  Ray Bradbury
Annexed  by  Sharon Dogar