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The Library

Fairfield High School library (Learning Resource Centre)

Term 1 in the Library 

Welcome to back to our returning students and a big ‘hello and welcome’ to new students joining us this year.

We've loved meeting our new students and hope the library can offer you a fun, exciting and rewarding experience throughout your journey at Fairfield.

Thank you also to our parents and prospective students who came along to the recent school Open Events. We had such fun talking to Year 6 students about the books they enjoy reading and we look forward to meeting you again soon!

Lunchtimes in the Library 

We’ve had a great start to our regular lunchtime activities. Here’s Daisy from Year 7 with her masterpiece, created during Drawing Club on Mondays.

Our Year 7 book group are reading Pax by Sara Pennypacker and we’re thoroughly enjoying it. As well as exploring some of the books themes we are also learning about foxes and their behaviour. Students can join us at any point. 

Look out for the new edition of student newspaper, the Fairfield Falcon, which is published termly - coming very soon!

Roald Dahl Day 

Roald Dahl has his birthday in September. To celebrate, we had drawing activities, quizzes over lunchtime, with winners taking home a book of their choice!

Competition time! Passport through Darkness

Following on from the enormously successful Dystopian passport competition during term 5 and 6 of last year, we are very excited to launch the brand new “Passport through Darkness” competition. Students are encouraged to explore the gothic and horror genre, completing the passport along the way. All completed passports will be entered in a prize drawer for some seriously gruesome prizes!

The competition deadline is Friday 30th November, giving students a great opportunity to scare themselves silly over the half-term Halloween and coincides with Year 8’s curricular exploration of the gothic genre.

Bristol Teen Book Award 

What is it?

The Bristol Teen Book Award is an exciting new 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 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 at Central Library, early in 2019. All the authors have been invited, so you can meet them and attend a workshop.

The winner will be announced at the event.

Please see the attached letter below, giving details about each of the books. For more information about the books or if you have any questions or comments, please email Ms Long at

Gloucester Road Book Fair 

Fairfield students are working with 'Page 53 books' to research the reading habits of their peers. Students are being consulted about books they would like to see on sale at an event in December, with students running the stall on the day.


What to look out for during Term 2

Exciting Author Event at Fairfield Library

Throughout 2018 we have been celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage. To coincide with the publication of a new anthology of writing on the subject, we are thrilled to welcome local author, Karen Hamilton to Fairfield Library on the 14th November for a very special reading.

Karen Hamilton's story in the 'Word for Freedom' anthology is called 'Past, Present, Future'. The anthology celebrates 100 years of women's suffrage and raising funds for Hestia. It is published by Retreat West ( where one of our colleagues, Ms Williams, works part-time.

The anthology is on amazon for kindle pre-order and will be released in paperback on November 1st

For more information about Karen, please head over to:

And finally... Welcome to our new Assistant Librarian

We are delighted to welcome our new Assistant Librarian Ms Blanco to Fairfield High School (see below left). Ms Blanco has recently completed a PGCE and is a published illustrator  - she’s been working her magic with our displays and runs the drawing club in the library on Mondays!

FHS Library Reading List - see attachment below:

We’ve put together a list of great books for you to read, with old favourites as well as new releases. We’ve come up with a specific list for older readers because the stories explore young adult themes but all students can borrow these titles. Come and chat to us if you want to know more about these books – we’ve read them all!

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