Library and Reading

Our Library is set in the heart of the school and is much loved and used by all who attend.

KS3 students have one English lesson in the Library each fortnight, which is dedicated to reading for pleasure. The Library houses an excellent selection of fiction and non-fiction books, including a range of KS4 exam revision materials.

Accelerated Reader

Students follow the accelerated reader programme which enables us to reward students for their engagement with reading and help students to make sure they are choosing books that they will not only enjoy, but also books which will challenge them and expose them to new genres or authors that they may not have previously considered. Students can quiz on their completed reading books, by clicking on this link and logging in with their accelerated reader username and password. Welcome to Renaissance Place (

Author Visits

We have been very lucky to host visits by a number of top-selling children and teenage fiction authors. These have included:

2017 – Matt Dickinson Discussing ‘The Everest Files’ and ‘Lie, Kill, Walk Away’

2016 – Alex Scarrow Launch of ‘Remade’

2014 – Sarah Crossan Discussing her Carnegie Award shortlisted book ‘Weight of Water’

2014 – Alex Scarrow Launch of the final ‘Timeriders’ book

2012 – Darren Shan Launch of the ‘Zom-B’ series

Subject Reading Lists…

These are designed to extend students’ reading of various topics they may be learning in their lessons.

Art reading list
Biology reading list
Chemistry reading list
Citizenship reading list
English reading list
Geography reading list
History reading list
ICT reading list
Maths reading list
MFL reading list
PE reading list
Physics reading list
RS reading list
Technology reading list

Year Group Reading Lists…

These are designed to support the Reading Star Awards.

KS3 Book List
KS4 Book List

Reading Star Awards

The aim of these awards is to encourage a life-long love of reading by reading a selection of books each year, including 10 from the Year Group Reading Lists. Students record all the books they have read in their planners and this is then verified by their parents, carers or members of staff. Once achieved, students receive a certificate and lapel badge presented in a special assembly. If students manage to read twice the required number of books within one academic year they are awarded a distinction.

  • Bronze Award – start in the summer holidays before year 7 – read 25 books
  • Silver Award – start in year 8 after Bronze has been completed – read 30 books
  • Gold Award – start in year 9 after Silver has been completed – read 40 books
  • Platinum Award – start in year 10 after Gold has been completed – read 50 books over 2 years


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