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Fairfield High School library (Learning Resource Centre)

Term 6 in the Library 

Wow! What a term we’ve had in the library!

Here are some of our highlights:


24 – 28th June was our annual 'Literacy Week'. During this week we celebrate all things 'Literacy' with competitions, workshop and author events.

Joseph Delaney

Joseph Delaney, author of The Spooks series and Arena 13 trilogy dropped into Fairfield High School on Friday 21st June to help us launch our literacy week. Joseph was in the area promoting his new book series Aberrations.

A Wealth of Workshops

Ben Hickey from University of Bristol delivered two protest poetry workshops to students. With a look at climate change facts and some poems that have been written in response, the students created their own protest poetry.

Best-selling author of Grief Is the Thing with Feathers and Lanny Max Porter also dropped into the library on Wednesday 26th June to celebrate National Writing Day. Max led two excellent creative writing workshops for students as part of an ongoing First Story collaboration, organised by Miss Patterson.

One of our colleagues (and published author) Sebastian Kopanski ran an interactive lunch time event for staff and students. The session focused on the themes of his book And Carry On and offered an opportunity to find out about becoming a writer.

Book group travels to Clifton College

To follow on from shadowing the Carnegie Awards 2019, our book group enjoyed a fantastic multi-school event at Clifton College. Here are some of our Year 7 students, getting a selfie with Irfan Master.

Rewarding Success in Reading

We award individual students when they consistently score 100% in their Accelerated Reader quizzes throughout the year. It’s now time to reward our students for their reading efforts across the whole year.

Team Triumph

KS3 Tutor groups with the most Accelerated Reader points (the tutor group that has read and quizzed the most books) were treated to a luxury breakfast on Tuesday 16th July.

Congratulations to 7Q, 8N and 9L!

Individual Success

To celebrate the highest number of Word Millionaires (with 40 students reading at least a million words) we are throwing a Millionaire’s Tea Party for our book lovers on Wednesday 17th July. The party features competitions, prizes and lots of MILLIONAIRE SHORTBREAD to mark the end of another successful year’s reading.

New digital drawing pad in the library

We have recently acquired some new technology for students to use in the library. Students can use the pad to improve skills for digital drawing, 3D programmes or photoshop.

New summer reading list

We hope you have a wonderful rest over the summer and look forward to welcoming you back in September. Here are some recommendations for Summer 2019.

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