The library is in the heart of our school. Reading and acquiring knowledge is the most important part of learning and the library helps students to learn and make progress.

The library motto is: ‘Read Your Way to Success’.

“To read a book for the first time is to make an acquaintance with a new friend; To read it for a second time is to meet an old one.”


Chinese proverb


The library is open daily, from 8am to 5pm, including break and lunchtime. There is a wide selection of books and magazines to meet a range of abilities and interests. The library resources not only support home learning assignments, but also encourage a true love of reading.

All year 7 students participate in library Induction during their first weeks at Dormers Wells High School. This allows them to become acquainted with all library resources.

6th Form students are also welcome to visit the library throughout the day to use books and computers for their research or for quiet study.

The library is run by two friendly librarians, who will always try to help students with home learning and recommend a great book… or two… or three...

There is also a group of Student Library Leaders on duty during the day to offer support in the running and organisation of the library and to recommend books to their peers.

library in action

The Library is involved in many book-promoting events, which include World Book Day, Carnegie Book Award, book fairs, as well as author visits and workshops. Throughout the year, the library staff organise a number of competitions and constantly provide opportunities for peer book recommendations.  

Reading lists are provided by year group and also by themes. 

6th Form reading list

Classics - reading list

Gothic - reading list

Read Well - reading list

Victorians - reading list

War & Conflict - reading list

Year 7 reading list

Year 8 reading list

Year 9 reading list

Year 10 & 11 reading list

The Library is also actively involved in delivering and supporting the Accelerated Reader Literacy program to all students in Year 7 and 8 through timetabled library lessons.                                                                  

The library staff work closely with departments across the school to ensure that all necessary resources are available to aid students with their curriculum topics.

The Library has a Twitter account and a website on our school’s FROG platform. For more information, news, reading lists, for ideas and recommendations visit our page and follow us on Twitter.