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Newman Catholic College

NewmanCatholic College

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The library plays an important part of the daily lives of all Newman Catholic College’s students. Reading for pleasure and independent learning are both important parts of school life and the Library is the focus of both. Students can borrow two books for two weeks which allows them to broaden their reading beyond the prescribed texts.

A library is not just a place for books but an access point for information and resources. Information is an essential part of our daily lives. We access information in a multitude of ways through books, internet, radio, pamphlets, advertisements and newspapers. This is the way we navigate through the world and expand our horizons. Part of the crucial role of our Library is to ensure that the students can navigate information systems, assess its suitability and apply it to their learning. Developing research and study skills will not just assist students throughout their time at Newman, but support them for their whole lives. 

The library is not just a place for learning but to also be inspired. The library at Newman has access to fantastic fiction, awe inspiring stories of courage, daring and hope. The school has recently invested in some new fiction books and changed the aspect of the shelves, which has made the library more inviting and easier to navigate.

Accelerated Reader

All pupils in Year 7, 8 and 9 have access to the Accelerated Reader system, this allows them (and their teachers and parents) to track and manage their reading. After completeing an adaptive reading age test pupils’ reading ages are recorded and they are encouraged to read books in line with their reading age. After they have finished a book pupils can take a comprehension or vocabulary quiz, score points and work towards a reading target. Once a pupil have achieved his target he is awarded a prize and a certificate with big reading achievements celebrated with trips at the end of each term.

Opening hours

The library is open for students between 7.45am and 5.00pm. Students can access the library before school, during break and lunchtime and after school.

Student Librarians

The student librarians attend regular duty in the library. They are selected for their enthusiasm and regular use of the library.

The Junior Book of the Week is:  


The Senior Book of the Week is: 


Reading Lists

Year 7

  1. Hacker by Malorie Blackman
  2. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
  3. Jimmy Coates Series by Joe Craig
  4. How to Train Your Dragon Series by Cressida Cowell
  5. The Demon Headmaster by Gillian Cross
  6. Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
  7. The Witches by Roald Dahl
  8. The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis
  9. Bill’s New Frock by Anne Fine
  10. Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
  11. The Falcoln’s Malteser by Anthony Horowitz
  12. Skelton Key by Anthony Horowitz
  13. The Iron Man by Ted Hughes
  14. Wild Boy by Rob Lloyd Jones
  15. Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner
  16. When Hitler Stole a Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr
  17. Diary of Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney
  18. Wild Boy and the Black Terror by Rob Lloyd Jones
  19. The Ghost of Thomas Kempe by Penelope Lively
  20. Cherub by Robert Muchamore
  21. The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo
  22. The Phoenix and the Carpet by E. Nesbit
  23. Aquila by Andrew Norriss
  24. Foul Play by Tom Palmar
  25. Clockwork by Philip Pullman
  26. Scribbleboy by Philip Ridley
  27. Sword of Kuromori by Jason Rohan
  28. Shield of Kuromori by Jason Rohan
  29. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K Rowling
  30. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K Rowling
  31. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling
  32. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K Rowling
  33. Holes by Louis Sachar
  34. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
  35. Raspberries on the Yangtze by Karen Wallace

Year 8 

  1. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  2. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
  3. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  4. Pig Hart Boy by Malorie Blackman
  5. The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
  6. Wolf by Gillian Cross
  7. The Seeing Stone by Kevin Crossley-Holland
  8. Boy and Going Solo by Roald Dahl
  9. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  10. Young Bond Series by Charlie Higson
  11. Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
  12. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  13. Exposure and The Penalty by Mel Peet
  14. His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
  15. Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan
  16. The Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan
  17. My Swordhand is Singing by Marcus Sedgewick
  18. The Dark Lord by Jamie Thompson
  19. Billionaire Boy by David Walliams
  20. Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah
  21. Striker Boy by Jonny Zucker
  22. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  23. Keeper by Mal Peet
  24. Penalty by Mal Peet

Year 9 

  • Maze Runner Series by James Dashner
  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  • Noughts and Crosses Series by Malorie Blackman
  • Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
  • The Enemy Series by Charlie Higson
  • The Gone Series by Michael Grant
  • Junk by Melvin Burges
  • Hero of Olympus by Rick Riordan
  • Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
  • Games of Thrones by George R. Martin
  • Teacher’s Dead by Benjamin Zephaniah
  • Adrian Mole Series by Sue Townsend
  • Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • James Bond Series by Ian Fleming
  • Honour by Bali Rai
  • Blood by Chris Ryan
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • I am Legend by Richard Matheson
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Other Resources

There are five computers in the library which the students can only be used for school work. In addition to reading support and student book groups the Library is a place where students can play chess, scrabble and other games, enjoy craft activities (at set times) and take part in quizzes.