The Library

All of the library resources are available to view and reserve via our online portal. click here to see our fantastic book selection!


The Library is at the heart of our school campus and is a central hub in supporting both staff and students alike in becoming a community of readers, of learners, and of thinkers.

Literacy and reading for pleasure have been proven to support and improve academic achievement, but a love of books can also be rewarding socially, emotionally and culturally. The Library and Library staff at Heathfield support the school in sharing this ethos throughout its community.

The Library facility itself has been shortlisted by the Local Authority Building Control Design Awards for ‘Best Education Building’; its spacious, welcoming design helps to create an inspiring atmosphere where reading, independent study and cultural events take place.


The Library homes a vast range of resources with an extensive Non-Fiction and Fiction selection that is constantly refreshed and updated; our resources cater for reluctant readers as well as established bookworms! Students and staff are encouraged to contribute ideas, book recommendations and feedback wherever possible, making the Library a truly collaborative entity. The Library staff tailor our resources to support the whole-school curriculum and its assessment criteria; we work with several departments across the school to begin to develop skills in independent information literacy, including how to conduct effective internet and website searches and introductory book referencing and bibliography skills. We also have a suite of PCs available for class research or independent study.


Literacy events take place throughout our school calendar, and the Library staff work closely with the English department to deliver a broad range of activities to engage readers of all interests, ages and abilities. Amongst our successful ongoing projects are the Book Buddies scheme, where Year 11 students are brought together with lower school ‘buddies’ once a week to read, build confidence and share a love of reading. Our Literacy calendar also includes annual celebrations such as Remembrance Day, where students submit war-themed poetry and posters and a whole-school poppy display decorates the Library windows, and Shakespeare’s birthday with readings, dressing up, cake-making and Shakespearean insult hurling! The Library also hosts regular author visits as well as organising book promotions and reading related clubs and competitions.


The Library staff are always available to offer guidance and support in choosing a good book to delve into, but if you need an extra hand, below are some year group specific book suggestions:

Year 7 Reading List
Year 8 Reading List
Year 9 Reading List
Year 10 & 11 Reading List
Staff and Adult Reading List
Molly White Librarian


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