Sixth Form Library

The Sixth Form Library is central to the academic and cultural life of the Sixth Form at The Woodroffe School. It’s primary objective is to contribute to all levels of academic attainment by giving all students equal opportunity and help in accessing the appropriate and relevant information to support their studies. It also encourages extra-curricular events and wider reading for enjoyment.

All the resources related to A-level study are located here, along with computers and other study aids, including internet resources and university prospectuses.

Sixth Form students and staff have full access to the facilities and resources available in the Sixth Form Library throughout the school day.

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday during term time – 8:30am – 3:55pm

Non-Fiction Books
RIBOUD, M. (phot.) (2016) Marc Riboud. London: Thames & Hudson Ltd. (Photofile).

A member of Magnum, Marc Riboud has travelled the world, from Europe to the Middle East and from Vietnam to the United States. Repelled by violence, indifferent to the pursuit of ‘events’, yet irresistibly drawn by the desire to see, he is a reporter under the spell of life itself. Whether covering the Cultural Revolution or the Soviet Union before perestroika, he waits for the inner truth to ‘rise to the surface of things’. These photographs reveal his intense awareness of the innate power of each image.

FINGER, B. (2012) 50 photos you should know. Munich; London: Prestel.

This collection of world-renowned photographs offers a stunning visual history of photography and photojournalism. From war to nature, from movie stars to artists, and from the surface of Mars to the devastation of Katrina, the photographs record moments both intimate and earth-shaking.

Fiction Books
Ishiguro, K. (2016) The buried giant. London: Faber & Faber Ltd.

The Romans have long since departed, and Britain is steadily declining into ruin. But at least the wars that once ravaged the country have ceased. The Buried Giant begins as a couple, Axl and Beatrice, set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen for years. They expect to face many hazards – some strange and other-worldly – but they cannot yet foresee how their journey will reveal to them dark and forgotten corners of their love for one another. Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro’s first novel in a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge and war.

Healey, E. (2015) Elizabeth is missing. London: Penguin Books Ltd.

Meet Maud. Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and does not remember to drink it. She goes to the shops and forgets why she went. Sometimes her home is unrecognizable or her daughter Helen seems a total stranger. But there is one thing Maud is sure of: her friend Elizabeth is missing. The note in her pocket tells her so. And no matter who tells her to stop going on about it, to leave it alone, to shut up, Maud will get to the bottom of it. Because somewhere in Maud’s damaged mind lies the answer to an unsolved seventy-year-old mystery. One everyone has forgotten about. Everyone, except Maud.

Burton, J. (2015) The Miniaturist. London: Picador.

There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed …On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in unexpected ways …

 Filer, N. (2014) The shock of the fall. London: The Borough Press.

‘I’ll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce my brother. His name’s Simon. I think you’re going to like him. I really do. But in a couple of pages he’ll be dead. And he was never the same after that.’ There are books you cannot stop reading, which keep you up all night. There are books which let us into the hidden parts of life and make them vividly real. There are books which, because of the sheer skill with which every word is chosen, linger in your mind for days. The Shock of the Fall is all of these books. The Shock of the Fall is an extraordinary portrait of one man’s descent into mental illness.

Usernames and passwords for the following resources are posted in the Sixth Form Library:

“Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light or dark”.
Germaine Greer, Australian Author (1939- )