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"The school places a high priority on reading. Pupils who need additional help catch up well because staff identify gaps and target support precisely. Most pupils read increasingly widely and confidently....many pupils who were previously reluctant readers are now enthusiastic about books, including a number of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds."


Cheney Library plays a central role in the life of the school and is a vibrant, friendly facility that enhances and supports learning across the curriculum. It also offers a welcoming environment for students who are looking for a place to read, or work quietly or to retreat momentarily from the rigours of the school day.

The Library has over 9,000 books and online resources, a total which is constantly growing and evolving. We offer a diverse range of fiction, nonfiction and graphic novels, and offer computer access. Board games are also available during break times and there is stationery and maths equipment available to buy. 

The full collection of books and resources can be searched and reserved by using the library catalogue. Students can borrow up to three books at a time for two weeks in years 7 and 8 and for three weeks for older students. Students can also access ebooks and audiobooks on their electronic devices or via the library app. Up to date reading news and reading lists can be found on the library app.

Library staff

Open hours (including break and lunch times)

Mrs Jill Fenton, Library Manager

Monday to Thursday 8am - 5pm for year 9+

Monday to Thursday 8am - 4:15pm for years 7 and 8

Friday 8am - 3:30pm for all students.

Ms Sophie Quantrell, Library Assistant

Library Lessons

Year 7 students have bi-weekly lessons in the library with their English teacher during which the focus is on the Accelerated Reader scheme and encouraging a love of reading. 

Older students have scheduled access to the library for supported reading lessons each term. Every year the library runs the Cheney Choice award for years 8 and 9, which aims to maintain the focus on reading for pleasure after year 7. The library also organises research lessons and projects on specific strands of study from throughout the curriculum in collaboration with other faculties across the school.

Reading for pleasure 

Every student is expected to have a reading book with them at all times. There are a wide variety of rewards and initiatives to encourage a love of reading and students are encouraged to write reviews on books they read to gain house points. Students can also meet authors both in person and virtually via a range of author visits, regularly organised by the library staff.

Student Librarians

Student librarians are appointed during the autumn term each year for students from year 8. They follow a rigorous application process and once appointed work behind the desk on a rota. They are rewarded with house points as well as taking part in book buying and other library activities. This is a fun and educational position and they play an important role within the library.

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