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The Library

Fairfield High School library (Learning Resource Centre)

Term 1 in the Library 


Welcome 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 parents and prospective students who came along to the recent school Open Events. We had such fun talking to prospective 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.

Our Year 8 book group have read The Murders of Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe whilst our current read is John Wyndham’s science fiction classic The Day of the Triffids.

We have two book groups for our Year 7 students. They have already read and hugely enjoyed Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth. Our groups are currently reading Tomi Adeyemi’s The Children of Blood & Bone and Pax by Sara Pennypacker.

The book groups offer a great way to make new friends new members are always welcome. One of our groups joined with several local schools in a friendly competition shadowing the Carnegie awards in June 2019.

Art Club

Art club has been hugely successful this term particularly with Year 7, 8 and 9 students. With a focus on watercolours and fashion design this term, students tell us they love coming to the library to relax and get creative!

Language Games

We had a brilliant time playing dominoes in Portuguese on Friday 18th October. Thanks to Laura for stepping in at the last minute when another student was unwell.

Trick or Treat

Not only is Friday 25th October the last day of term, it is also the day we hold a spectacular trick or treat lunchtime activity in the library. There will be games, activities, prizes and more. See you there?

Bristol Festival of Literature

Junction 3 Library trip – YA event for teens

Meeting an author in real life and hearing them convey their passion for their work can fundamentally alter a young person’s relationship to books and ignite a life-long love of reading.

Students from Fairfield High School were invited to take part in an exciting ‘Question and Answer’ panel event with 4 authors of young adult / teen books at Junction 3 Library on Monday 21st October 2019. Students had a great time joining in with the debate and asking questions.

What to look out for during in Term 2

Exciting Author Event in the community room at Fairfield High School:

Look out for letters emailed to parents about this event. For more information about Nikesh Shukla, please head over to:

LAUNCH of Bristol Teen Book Award v2!

Bristol Teen Book Award

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

And finally…

Huge thanks to the superbly talented Ms Blanco for pulling together this literary map of reading suggestions for Fairfield students.

The original idea is from @Misterbodd on twitter, update with books I hope our students will love!

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