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Fairfield High School library (Learning Resource Centre)

Term 2 in the Library 

Author visit

On Thursday 15th November we welcomed local author Karen Hamilton to Fairfield High School library. Karen read “Past, Present, Future” her short story which was included in the anthology Word for Freedom, released to celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage. Karen also answered lots of really good questions our students had about becoming a writer and what it feels like to get your book published!

Bristol Teen Book Award

Students from Fairfield have been rating the shortlisted books from the Bristol Teen Book Award. The Bristol Teen Book Award is an exciting new award, celebrating diversity in Young Adult novels. There are six recently published books shortlisted from the UK, all with a theme of diversity.

Students met with Polly Ho-Yen from Bristol Teen Book Award on Wednesday 5th December to help plan the content of the author workshops. We are hoping that all six authors will be able to make the awards ceremony that will announce the winning title in February.

Passport through Darkness

Throughout October and November students were busy reading for the Passport through Darkness competition. Designed to encourage students to explore a new genre we asked them to read four titles across the horror and gothic genres.

Our winners and their prizes were:

First Prize – Najiib – 10M - skull money box

Second Prize – Saskia – 7Q – paperback book of student’s choice

Third Prize – Grace – 7S - Nightmare Before Christmas 2019 Diary

Book Club

Throughout this term we have been reading Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth. The students have loved reading this book and we have had some great discussions. Over the holidays we are reading Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and will be starting our new book The House with Chicken Legs in January. Book Club runs over Wednesday lunch time in the library.

Language games in the library

Our brilliant bilingual students have been sharing their skills, teaching each other how to play popular games in their community languages. So far this term we have played card games in Spanish and Polish!

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.

Winter Gala

Thank you to all who came along to the Fairfield Winter Gala. We had loads of fun, and it was lovely to meet families taking part in the Library Lucky Dip. Our stall helps us raise money to buy prizes for our reading competitions.

What to look out for during Term 3

Harry Potter Night – Thursday 7th February

Bristol Teen Book awards – Wednesday 13th February

Juno Dawson author event – Friday 15th March

Just because we love Juno Dawson!

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