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.

Library from Mezzanine Floor

The Library offers an interactive platform, via the Reading Cloud online cataloguing system, for students to read, write and publish book reviews. Please click on the Reading Cloud button to the right – this will take you straight to the school library homepage. All students and staff have unique log-on details – these are required in order to submit a review, renew or reserve an item.

For more information please contact Mrs Gibson


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

Young Carers go to Vire

On Friday 23rd March, the Vire Zone in Bishop’s Stortford town centre opened its doors to a group of ten students aged between eleven to sixteen from Birchwood High School.

The students, who are all young carers, took part in a range of activities including the Nuclear Launch Escape Room, virtual reality computer games and the Nerf Battle Arena. They all had a wonderful time, demonstrating great team work and resourcefulness. The idea behind the trip was to provide an opportunity for the students to enjoy themselves and bond as a group. Due to their home circumstances young carers may not have the chances to socialise and have fun that other students do. By the end of the hour and a half session, everyone had tried at least two activities, there were big smiles all round and the confidence of the group had visibly increased. Feedback from the students was that…

“everyone at the Vire Zone was really friendly. There was a lovely atmosphere and we felt welcomed as soon as we walked through the door.”

Kate Byers, Community Manager at Birchwood High School thanked Ian Cox, owner of the centre, and his staff for their time and generosity in making the afternoon possible.