The main school library provides resources for Years 7-11 but is open to all students and staff. It is a light, welcoming space, with a Quiet Group Study Area, Silent Reading Area, and computers also available. It is very popular with the students: there’s often a full house at lunch-break!

The Librarian, Mr Waters, is ably assisted by a team of student volunteers, many of whom volunteer as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award schemes.

There is a large fiction collection, with lots of books by contemporary children’s novelists, as well as a growing collection of classic novels and poetry. There is an extensive non-fiction section – arranged in topic areas – with books available at all levels of reading ability. We also have a small but growing collection of audio-books available. New books are added every month.

Students can borrow books for three weeks (with an option to renew after that).

Students can read or study in the Library during morning break, lunch break and after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Weekly opening times:

  • Monday: 8:40 a.m. – 3:40 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 8:40 a.m. – 3:40 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:40 a.m. – 3:40 p.m.

All students in Year 7 have one of their Reading lessons in the Library. This is an opportunity for them to read independently, to choose new books, and to quiz books they have read for Accelerated Reader.

At its heart, Renaissance Accelerated Reader is simple. A student reads a book, takes an online quiz, and gets immediate feedback. Students respond to regular feedback and are motivated to make progress with their reading skills. Accelerated Reader gives teachers the information they need to monitor students’ reading practice and make informed decisions to guide their future learning. A comprehensive set of reports reveals how much a student has been reading, at what level of complexity, and how well they have understood what they have read. Vocabulary growth and literacy skills are also measured, giving teachers insight into how well students have responded to reading schemes and class instruction.

Star Reading Assessments provide us with reliable data showing progress made by each student and if they are on track to meet expected standards in the learning pathway. Star Assessments also provide a personalised learning plan for each student, helping to inform next teaching steps.

Parents of students taking part in Accelerated Reader can see how their child is doing by using Renaissance HomeConnect:

(Login details are made available to parents in the first term).

You can search to see if a book has a quiz at:

Click here for more information about our Reading programme.


The Library hosts occasional presentations by staff on their favourite books or genres. We have had presentations on topics such as Wind in the Willows, Alexander Dumas, Historical Fiction, Teen Fiction, and Sherlock Holmes.


We regularly show streamed events on the big screen in the Library – examples of which are author promotional events, World Book Day videos, and other writing related events.

Author Visits

We have been fortunate to have several top-name authors visit the school, including Philip Reeve, Tim Bowler, Tanya Landman, Steve Voake and Laurence Anholt. Many of them have been guests at Year 8 Writing Day, which is generally held in the summer term. The Library is used as a base for workshops on this day, and our visiting authors meet students and sign books for them in the Library at break.


There are occasional lunchtime events such as Chinese New Year workshops, and Staff versus Students University Challenge (for Comic Relief). The Librarian and the Reading coordinator, Mrs Hopton, work together to oversee selected students reading and reviewing the books on the Carnegie Medal shortlist each year. You can see the latest reviews at:

New Books

A selection of the best new fiction and non fiction is added to our library shelves every month. Books are chosen to cover a range of genres, topics, and reading abilities. There truly is something for everyone in The Library!

For details of our most recent new books, please see the Library section of the latest edition of Rough Notes.

Daily News

We have a daily subscription to iNewspaper. Students can read this in the Library.


We have subscriptions to eight magazines. All of these are available to read in the Library. Our current titles are:
How it Works, BBC Wildlife, BBC History, National Geographic, Focus, Vogue, FourFourTwo.

What Students Think of the Library

The comfortable, soft colours make it feel a relaxing space. It’s a great quiet communal area, whether coming here with friends to do homework, or escaping the weather (hot or cold!) to come and read in a peaceful environment. I always used to struggle finding the right book, but now I struggle to choose between the thousands of great books, each with an inspiring message. From fiction to non-fiction, they’ve got all!
Finn C

I think The Library is the best place in the school! I love coming here and reading with my friends. It also helps me when I have a test coming up because I know at break and lunch I have The Library to come to study. It is also great because there is loads of books to choose from and if you’re having trouble finding one for you there is always the Librarian to help you!
Abigail M

It has nice comfortable chairs, and desks to study at. It is open every day at break, lunch and after school a couple of times a week. You can sit in The Library undisturbed and read. As well as this area they have six computers, and plenty of laptops. They have a HUGE variety of books to choose from (fiction and non-fiction) and there’s something for everyone! The Librarian, Mr Waters, is always there to help you and is always so kind.
Luc B M

Woodroffe Library is full of colour and fun! Whenever you walk in, you feel full of imagination. It’s a great place to read, do homework, go on the computers, have some chill-out time, talk to your friends, or just have time to yourself! Personally, I think that it is one of the best features in The Woodroffe School.
Mils M

I love the variety of books and the comfort and cosiness of the area. I also like the fact that there is a study area if you need to study, but the main thing is it’s a nice place to chill out and read.
Spike T W

I love The Library because it’s a nice, quiet place to work, do homework or read a book. There will always be someone to help you if you’re stuck. You can relax on the comfy chairs. The Library is open most days and for all years, it has a very wide selection of books for everyone. There are different events going on at lunchtime – they’re so interesting and fun. You can do book quizzes on the computers to update your score. So I recommend The Library for all ages.
Grace B

I think The Library is great you can go in pretty much go in at any time of the day and you always know you have Mr Waters there to help you out with the book you want to read. If you don’t like a book it’s good to know you can change it any time you like.
Oscar B

When I’m in The Library i can explore new worlds and be transported to places i could never even have begun to imagine.
Isabelle B

Featured Reviews

The Goldfish Boy, by Lisa Thompson
Reviewed by Martha D
“This book is full of mystery and different assumptions. A boy moves in for a short while and he goes missing then something weird happens. This book is good for mystery lovers. I rate this book ten out of ten!”

The Fear, by Charlie Higson
Reviewed by Spike T
“The whole series is amazing. My favourite is The Dead, because it is very exhilarating and has a lot of plot twists. I enjoy them a lot because there are so many moments where I just can’t believe what’s happening. Sometimes the plot twists are so exciting that I feel like I’m inside the book! If I were to sum it up in one word I would say terrific!”

The House with Chicken Legs, by Sophie Anderson
Reviewed by Millie C
“This is an incredible book. It is one of the best books I have ever read. The story is so captivating, it makes you want to read on and on. I recommend this book entirely to readers who love adventures and a heart-melting story.”

The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick
Reviewed by George C
“This is a very intriguing book. There are a lot of twists and turns in the book, and it also leaves you on some cliff hangers. You end up meeting some lovely characters along the way.”

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Or, phone the school and ask for the Library: Tel: 01297 442232