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Our Library

Our commitment to pupils' reading is endless. With a refurbished, modern, and inviting library, students experience a friendly reception and a calm and supportive environment in which they can read and study.

In support of teaching and learning across the school, the library stocks an ever-growing range of fiction and non-fiction books, magazines and newspapers as well as provides access to a range of I.T. facilities such as audio and e-books. All is designed to not only support the curriculum but engage pupils in lifelong reading.

If you cannot find a title in our library, make sure that you let us know and we will order it for you through our ‘You suggest, we invest’ programme.

We encourage all pupils to read to learn, read to revise and read for pleasure.

Reading initiatives

We run many initiatives and competitions throughout the year which we encourage all of our students to participate in. Some examples include:

  • • The million words competition – Log reading 1,000,000 words on Accelerated Reader and you will win a prize!
  • • 16 before 16 – Read 16 books from a list of 50 before 16 years old to be entered in to a prize draw!
  • • Form prizes for the highest collective word count on Accelerated Reader
  • • Book Review competitions – ran by Mrs. Wood, our librarian
  • • Book Club – every Wednesday, Break Two in the library with Miss Conran
  • • Readathons – ran by Miss Hare and the reading team.
  • • Reading house competitions
  • • National Literacy Trust member events
  • • Reading Ambassador programme – promoting student voice – ran by Miss Mayhew
  • Reading for pleasure

    We are celebrating at the Cornelius Vermuyden School after being the first school in the country to receive the Children's Writers and Illustrators Group (CWIG) Reading for Pleasure Award during the 2020-21 academic year.

    Reading lessons

    All students are welcomed into our library to read for pleasure during beak times and after school. In addition to this, our Year 7 students have reading lessons timetabled in the library. Every student has their own reading book and reading journal and accelerated reader is used to check understanding.


Mrs Wood is our school Librarian and Careers Advisor. She really enjoys helping pupils discover new books, whether it be adventure, fantasy, manga, humour or sport, there is something for everyone! Mrs Wood organises the library, assists pupils in finding books and helps during reading lessons. She also conducts career meetings and gives guidance to all our upper school pupils.

Reading ambassadors

Students in years 7 to 10 have the opportunity of becoming one of our Reading Ambassadors.

Reading ambassadors assist the librarian in a range of duties and are an additional friendly face to the library team. They are great role models and show a strong commitment and stake in our school. They also run reading workshops for their peers and encourage them to come and hear them read in the library.

Are you someone who likes to help and positively contribute to your school? Are you keen on volunteering?

See our librarian, Mrs. Wood for more reading opportunities.

Homework club

Every day, immediately after school, our library hosts homework club until 15:40.

Homework club is run by our learning support assistants and supported by our is hosted by some of our prefects. Support and clarification is available if needed or students may just require a quiet space to complete their work.

There is no need to book a place at homework club. All are welcome and students receive an incentive of 60 house points each time they attend

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