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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. (the Library Management System) is web hosted, thereby allowing students access away from school. includes all books available in the library, as well as websites.  Click here to access the website  alternatively the Reading Cloud app can be downloaded from the App store which allows students, parents and staff to access the school library from a mobile phone or tablet.

The front page of 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!

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

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.

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.

Swindon Youth Festival of Literature 2020
Please find attached below further information for the SYFL event this year.