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'The Library is the beating heart of a school.' Anthony Horowitz

The Library is a whole school resource welcoming staff and students for study and for enjoyment. A Chartered Librarian is always on duty to answer enquiries and to help choose books for pleasure. Opening hours are from 8.30am-4.00pm and everybody may visit at break and lunch times as well as during lessons. Students from Years 8-13 serve as Library Monitors, working at the issue desk at lunch times.


We hold approximately 12,000 books. Fiction is divided into Junior and Senior sections, to help students select suitable books. Computers linked to the school network and Internet may be booked for subject lessons and are available to students for study purposes at lunch times. There is a printer and a photocopier in the Library. We maintain topical newspaper cuttings folders to support curriculum work, especially at Key Stage 4

Extra Curricular

The Library is always busy. We have a regular weekly book group drawn from Years 7-9, where the girls share their enthusiasm for particular authors and titles. The group shadows the Carnegie/Greenaway Medals and posts book reviews on our Reading Group page of the Carnegie website.

We hold book fairs and book swaps. We give Years 7 and 8 students the opportunity to buy good titles at reduced prices through the Scholastic C2C book club. The Library benefits from a percentage of the money spent through the club to add to library stock. Author visits also help stimulate a love of reading. We encourage the whole school to become a reading community through activities like Listen with Tutor, when staff read to their forms from favourite books.

The Librarians are enthusiastic members of the HGS Book Group for adults, whose members are drawn from the wider community. We meet twice a term for lively discussion on a chosen book.

Key Stage 3 

Information literacy lessons are taught by the Librarians to all Year 7 classes throughout the year, to enable them to become independent and effective learners. The Librarians also work with the English Department to deliver active Library lessons for Years 7 and 8, in which a scheme of reading awards extends their literacy and reading stamina.

The Library has also hosted poetry workshops with poets working with students on creative writing linked to aspects of the new Key Stage 3 English curriculum.


Key Stage 5 

We offer induction for students at the start of Year 12 and subject staff also bring students to the Library to introduce them to resources in their subjects. The Library provides a perfect venue for private study in the Sixth Form. The Librarians are always available to advise on resources and students can take advantage of the free inter-Library loans through the Schools Library Service for support with specific projects.


Reading Group 

Our Next Book Club Meeting : 


Call Mary Goose on 
01462 621300 
Or Email: for more information.

Useful links 

Here are some links to recommendations, reviews and other features to guide you through the vast intriguing world of books: