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Fairfield High School library (Learning Resource Centre)

Term 2 in the Library 

Nikesh Shukla visits Fairfield

On the 12th November Fairfield students were treated to a visit from fantastic author and activist Nikesh Shukla. Students absolutely love hearing what inspires authors to write and were shocked to hear Nikesh describe a personal experience of racism that inspired his new book “The Boxer”

Students even let out an audible collective gasp as Nikesh finished reading part of the story aloud.

A parent told us:

“Thank you. My daughter loved hearing from Nikesh and told me all about it when she got home. She was certainly inspired.”

Fairfield Festive Quiz

It’s back! Our students are still thinking hard as we count down to the end of term with our now annual, Fairfield’s Festive Quiz. At lunchtime we open a new door, and behind each ‘door’ is a new bookish teaser, the student with the most correct answers wins something lovely (and probably edible!) on the last day of term.

We had lots of festive decorating help library recently

Lunchtimes in the library

Art Club:

Art club has been hugely successful this term particularly with year 7, 8 and 9 students. We mostly enjoyed using different media for colouring-in to improve well-being.

Book Clubs!

Between our book groups this term we have been reading:

John Wyndham’s science fiction classic The Day of the Triffids.

Oscar Wilde’s The Birthday of the Infanta

Carrie by Stephen King

Pax by Sara Pennypacker

One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell

Language Games in the library

Huge thank to you to Fariha in 7 for leading a brilliant Snakes and Ladders game in Bengali just recently. She made a comprehensive vocabulary sheet for students to use and had put plenty of thought into her preparation. Well done Fariha!

Winter Gala

At the time of writing we are still looking forward to this year’s Winter Gala. It’s a huge pleasure to meet students with their families and a real highlight on the school calendar. Look out for the Library Lucky Dip, our stall helps us raise money to buy prizes for our reading competitions and rewards.

Exciting things to look out for in Term 3:

Scholastic Book Fair – 20th – 27th January

Harry Potter Night – Thursday 7th February

Bristol Teen Book awards – Thursday 13th February

What is it?

Now in its second year, The Bristol Teen Book Award is an exciting new-ish award, celebrating diversity in Young Adult novels. There are 6 recently published books shortlisted from the UK, all with a theme of diversity.

Who is the award aimed at?

Every secondary school student in Bristol - Year 9 and above. If you are a keen reader, there is a range of styles and characters to interest you. If you want to read more this is great way to read some books you might not have chosen for yourself. Each book features a character whose voice is not always heard in mainstream fiction.

What do you have to do?

Read the books. You can borrow the books from your school library or from the following public libraries: Bedminster, Bishopston, Central Library, Fishponds, Henbury, Junction 3, Knowle, Sea Mills and Whitchurch.

Read the books in the autumn term, vote for the one you think is best and come to the Reading Party in February 2020. All the authors have been invited, so you can meet them and attend a workshop.

The winner will be announced at the event.

Please find details about each of the books with this newsletter. For more information about the books or if you have any questions or comments, please email Ms Long at

General Library Info...

Accelerated Reader:

Year 7 and 8 students take part in the Accelerated Reader programme. 

Accelerated Reader (AR) is a software tool used for monitoring and managing independent reading practice. It is proven to raise literacy standards for students of all ages and abilities by motivating students to read more, suitably challenging books.

Students select a book at their individual level, read it at their own pace then take a short quiz to assess how well they have understood it. Feedback based on quiz results helps teachers and librarians to guide each student, to set targets and to direct on-going reading practice.

Accelerated Reader has more than 32,000 quizzes on fiction and non-fiction literature from over 300 publishers.

There are usually 5, 10 or 20 questions in a Reading Practice quiz depending on the length and complexity of the book. Approximately 200 new reading practice quizzes are added to the programme every month.

If you would like to check whether there is an Accelerated Reader quiz before choosing your next book, go to

A big thank you

…to our parent volunteers who given up their time to listen to Year 7 and Year 8 students during library lessons. Reading aloud is hugely important to students who are still developing their reading practice. Thank you!

Opening Times:

The library is open from 8am – 4pm Monday – Friday



We have more than 7000 books comprising a wide range of fiction, non-fiction and reference titles.


We get the daily i newspaper in the Library.


We have 17 computers available for students to check emails, complete homework and carry out research during homework club, break and lunchtimes.

Displays and activities

Colourful displays on a range of topical issues are regularly updated to encourage students’ interest and participation.  Books and resources on current homework topics are displayed in a dedicated area of the library.

From time to time we have visits from authors and illustrators, who talk about their work or run workshops with our students.


A printer is available in the library for students’ use.

Stationery shop

The library has a small shop selling stationery, calculators and memory sticks.

And there's our usual activities...

Our weekly activities include a comic book drawing club and a creative writing club. Our Homework Club runs before and after school each day (except Fridays after school) where help is at hand for all. The library is a great place to work on home-learning projects, with dedicated book collections and reading lists.


We receive free books for every book ordered, please click here for more details or to place an order.

  1. Fairfield High School reading list Summer 18

If a parent requires a paper copy of the information on the school's website, please contact us and this will be provided free of charge