Birchwood Library and Resource Centre

Mrs Gibson is our Library Resource Manager and is responsible for the overall management of the Library.

A small team of Student Librarians assist in keeping the Library organised and tidy.

Reading Cloud
Library from Mezzanine Floor


The library is used by students and staff for:

  • Individual study
  • Research/Information literacy
  • Reading for pleasure
  • Events
  • Paired Reading

Opening Times

  • Monday:         8:15-8:45am and 3:05-4:15pm
  • Tuesday:         8:15-8:45am and 3:05-4:15pm
  • Wednesday:   8:15-8:45am and 3:05-4:15pm
  • Thursday:       8:15-8:45am and 3:05-4:15pm
  • Friday:             8:15-8:45am and 3:05-3:45pm

The library is open to all students during the times above.
It is also open for reading or silent study to all year groups during morning break (Monday-Friday) and during lunchtime (Monday-Thursday).
Sixth Form students can access the library at anytime for private study during the school day.


  • A range of non-fiction and fiction books
  • 8 networked computers with Internet
  • Library catalogue and loan system
  • Printer, scanner and photocopier
  • Audio books and DVD’s
  • Careers Information

Latest News

Congratulations to Hans Tsui

Congratulations to Hans Tsui from Year 9 who was the lucky winner of last half term’s ‘Read, Review, Reward’ competition. Hans read and reviewed five books from the reading list – his overall favourite was ‘Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus‘ which he rated 4.5 out of 5.

This half term’s competition ‘Read around the World’ has been extended until Easter so there is plenty of time to get involved. You too could be the lucky winner of a £10 Waterstones gift card. For more information on how you can enter please contact Mrs Gibson

Read, Review, Reward competition

Congratulations to Jonathan Crick Year 7, who was the lucky winner of last half term’s ‘Read, Review, Reward’ competition. Jonathan read and reviewed Dear Martin by Nic Stone and gave the book an overall rating of 8/10.

Jonathan is pictured collecting his prize, a £10 Waterstones voucher.

Mrs Gibson, Library Resource Manager

National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day is a UK wide celebration of poetry, and the theme this year was Choice. To celebrate National Poetry Day form tutors read a poem to their tutees during form time. All staff were invited to choose their favourite poem and students were asked to guess which member of staff had submitted each verse. Congratulations to 7CHT and 11MAS who both guessed correctly. Both forms have been awarded House points.
Mrs Gibson,
Library Resource Manager