The Library is open at 8.30 every morning and remains open for one hour after school Monday to Thursday. Students can make use of this quiet atmosphere to work on coursework, homework or other research.

The Library contains a variety of fiction and non-fiction books, a selection of magazines and a reference section, all geared towards reflecting both the curricular and non-curricular needs of the school community. Other facilities include a stationery shop, talking book collection, as well as computers for students to use throughout the day.  Annexed to the Library is a suite of computers and an interactive whiteboard.

Parents:  Looking for books to suggest for your child?

Students: Need ideas for what to read next?

Click on this link to visit the BOOKFINDER, created by the BookTrust www.booktrust.org.uk/books/bookfinder/

BookTrust is a charity dedicated to inspiring a love of reading and Bookfinder consists of 13 genres from which to choose.  Within each genre there are several books; most of them are available in our school library and in the top right corner, the age group can be changed as well.  New books are always being added; students should fee free to make requests if they can’t find the book they are looking for.


Eclipse.net (the Library Management System) is web hosted, thereby allowing students access away from school. Eclipse.net includes all books available in the library, as well as websites. Eclipse.net

The iMLS app allows students, parents and staff to access the school library from a mobile phone or tablet.

The front page of Eclipse.net is shown here. This user-friendly platform provides a unique range of search options designed to assist with pupils’ academic studies. It showcases resources available on-site, especially books, but also thousands of informative (pre-approved) websites.  LINKS can be found in the blue menu bar near the top of the page – COMPLETE ISSUES, the 24 HOUR LIBRARY, the SWINDON ADVERTISER, and more resources can be found here. In year 7 pupils set up their own Eclipse account (library staff can help with any questions).  Remember: KNOWLEDGE is POWER, and never before have students had so much knowledge, right at their fingertips!

Complete Issues HWS now has an on-site license to Complete Issues, allowing students access to up-to-date articles, statistics, opinions and contacts. To Login, username: HWSresearch password: thevoice. This website includes issues of Essential Articles, Fact Files and Key Organisations also found on the shelves.

Magazines: We have a wide range of magazines available in the Library including BBC Wildlife, Four Four Two, National Geographic Kids, Top Gear, GamesTM, Shout, Horrible Histories and How It Works which includes contributions from the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, DK Books and NASA.

We also subscribe to the iPaper.

Riveting Read 2018
For the past 15 years, students from Dorcan, Kingsdown and Warneford have read the 5 Riveting Read books, chosen by the library managers.  This year on Wednesday 27th June, students from all 3 schools will spend the afternoon in our Warneford library discussing the books, sharing opinions, and voting on their favourite.  Which book do you think will win?







Books chosen:  Saint Death, The Hate U Give, Welcome to Nowhere, Cell 7, We Come Apart

Please click on the link to view the article published in the Swindon Advertiser www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news














World Book Day 2018
This year we had to delay our World Book Day celebrations due to the weather however on Friday 16 March, we arranged a number of fun activities in our school library with a Roald Dahl theme.  Pupils took part in various Roald Dahl quizes to win Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Golden Tickets, they could guess the number of Hershey Kisses in the jar with the Giraffe, the Pelly and Me and we even had a visit from the BFG!






Swindon Youth Festival of Literature 2017


This year was the tenth anniversary of the Swindon Youth Festival of Literature which ran from 6th – 10th November 2017.  From modest beginnings, this well-respected annual event has grown year on year, nurtured by our passion for books and reading. We are proud to have attracted so many wonderful and diverse authors and performers over the past ten years.


We kicked off this year’s events on Monday 6th November with the Inter-school Book Quiz at The Dorcan Academy. This is always a highly competitive event between the eleven schools and Highworth Warneford School have won the title for the last two years.  Congratulations to our team who finished in the top 3 this year.


The headline event for all schools took place at the Wyvern Theatre on Tuesday 7th November with award winning fantasy fiction author Jonathan Stroud. Jonathan is the author of the New York Times best selling trilogy Bartimaeus and the Lockwood and Co series. Lockwood and Co is a fantastic supernatural series about a horrifying epidemic of ghosts in London where a trio of detectives investigate some of the spookiest and deadliest hauntings . Ghosts and ghouls beware!

On Wednesday we hosted workshops and interactive talks from popular author  H.L. Dennis.   

On Thursday morning, performance poet Ash Dickinson returned to Warneford to perform his poetry to all Year 7 students, encouraging their “inner poet” by supporting them to create their own rhymes and verse.

We also hosted a transition event featuring the 2Steves on Thursday afternoon at Southfield Junior School.

Riveting Read 2017
This is a Year 8 and 9 project held in conjunction with two other Swindon schools: The Dorcan Academy and Kingsdown School.  The participating students read the five Riveting Read books (chosen by the Library Managers from these schools) and then meet up to discuss and share opinions about the books and then finally vote for their favourite.  Books are chosen carefully to encourage readers to extend their reading and try genres different to what they normally read.  Here are this years’ books:

This year the Riveting Read event took place on 28 June at Kingsdown School and the winning book was Paper Butterflies.  Please click on the following link to view the article from the Swindon Advertiser www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk

World Book Day 2017

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On Thursday 2 March, students at Highworth Warneford School celebrated World Book Day by transforming the school library into Hogwarts.   Platform 9 ¾ appeared at the entrance to the library…. inside could be found a multitude of Harry Potter-themed quizzes and games including our very own version of quidditch, a Harry Potter quiz, a gallery of prisoners of Azkaban containing some familiar-looking faces,  and a scavenger hunt entitled Fantastic Staff and where to find Them.  The two most popular fundraising ideas were the Hogwarts house scarves (which were knitted by the knitting club in four different colour combinations) and a cake sale.  English department and library staff were also dressed as characters from the Harry Potter stories.  Students and staff had lots of fun and raised over £95 for the WBD charity, Book Aid International.

Swindon Youth Festival of Literature 2016

Author Visit – Sungju Lee – October 2016
 A group of twelve students from Highworth Warneford School travelled to Isambard School on Tuesday 11 October 2016 to meet author Sungju Lee. His book, Every Falling Star, is the first book to portray contemporary North Korea to a young audience and allows young readers to learn about other cultures where freedoms they take for granted do not exist.  It is the intense memoir of a North Korean boy named Sungju who was forced to live on the streets and fend for himself from the age of twelve. To survive, he creates a gang and lives by thieving, fighting, begging, and stealing rides on cargo trains. Sungju richly recreates his story, depicting what it was like for a boy alone to create a new family with his gang, “his brothers,” to daily be hungry and to fear arrest, imprisonment, and even execution.

Riveting Read 2016
Students from Highworth Warneford School, The Dorcan Academy & Kingsdown School took part in the annual Riveting Read debate on Wednesday 6 July 2016.  Here are the selected books:


The wining book was ‘The Earth is Singing’.

World book day 2016

World Book Day – 3 March 2016

On 3 March 2016, we held a Scholastic Book Fair, a Bumper Book Quiz and a competition ‘Whose Favourite Book Am I?’  It’s a fund way to reinforce what we do all year round at Warneford, encourage our students to read.

Click this link for more information World Book Day 2016



Please click on the following link to view SYFL 2015 Swindon Youth Festival of Literature 2015

Riveting Read 2015

The Riveting Read is an annual event, aimed at the stronger readers in year 9 to encourage them to read a wider range of books in different genres than they would normally choose. The event involves students from The Dorcan Academy, Kingsdown School and Highworth Warneford School.  Early each year, 5 recently published books are chosen by the school library managers from the Carnegie Award’s long list.  Students then have a few months to read the 5 books and meet at one of the three schools to discuss them and choose their favourite.  This year it was Warneford’s turn to host the event for the 34 pupils across the 3 schools, led by Mr Barton (English Teacher).

Riveting Read covers

The winning book was a murder mystery called Running Girl by Simon Mason.

Please follow this link to view the article published by the Swindon Advertiser Riveting Reads are a hit with Wiltshire pupils

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Author visit to see Virginia Bergin

On Thursday 26 February, 15 students from year 9 attended Kingsdown School for a talk by Virginia Bergin, author of books THE RAIN and THE STORM.  All students thoroughly enjoyed meeting her and learning about what inspired her to write.  Students were able to purchase her books and have them signed.   THE STORM’s publication date was the very date of our visit:  26 Feb 2015 !

Author visit to see Sally Gardner
sally gardner trip (Custom)Students from Warneford took part in an exciting and inspiring event at the Dorcan Academy  on Tuesday 27th January 2015.  Sally Gardner, the popular multi-award-winning novelist talked to students from all the Swindon secondary schools about her books and life as an author.  Her debut novel I, Coriander is a favourite in the Warneford library and her novel Maggot Moon was chosen by Warneford students as a Riveting Read in 2013. She has won both the Costa Children’s Book Prize and the Carnegie Medal recently and her latest novel The Door that Led to Where, is a gender-defying, historical, intriguing read which looks set to be another bestseller.

Every Warneford student that came to the event bought her book and managed to get it signed by Sally.

Private Peaceful one man show for Year 7
Students from tutor group 7D had a special English lesson on Thursday 13 November as they walked over to the Highworth Library to see John Kirk’s Private Peaceful one man show!  It was a dynamic one-man show of Private Peaceful by storyteller John Kirk, who brought the popular Michael Morpurgo book to life with imaginative ideas. This was organised and part funded by the Swindon Libraries and Information Service, with considerable funding from Swindon Libraries Artswords programme and it’s ‘Animating Library Spaces’ work.

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Rest assured: reading is alive and well at Highworth Warneford School – please click on the links below to find out more about some of our other activities: