The Cufflin Library is situated at the very heart of the school, and is a spacious, bright and well equipped resource. It is open throughout the school day, and after school serves as the Late Room until 5pm. All students can visit the library during break time and lunch time, and also after school. Additionally, sixth formers will use the library during their private study periods.

Recommended Reading List for New Students


  • The library is well resourced, and each year many new books and periodicals are added. Current editions of all important texts are stocked, with multiple copies of titles in high demand. Students are encouraged to recommend titles for purchase, especially fiction, and the library staff liaise with teaching staff, so that the library stock reflects the requirements of the curriculum.
  • The Library contains about 10,000 non fiction books, arranged in two different sequences to serve different age groups, which support the curriculum and provide additional reading for general interest.
  • We hold a wide range of fiction titles to satisfy all readers from our youngest pupils in Prep to sixth formers and staff.
  • The Library houses the Careers Resource Collection, which supports the work of the Careers Department, and includes many current directories and prospectuses, and other information about careers, universities, gap years and funding. We also to subscribe to a number of online careers resources, which are available to all students.
  • We subscribe to about 30 periodical titles, including 3 daily newspapers, New Scientist and various magazines aimed at GCSE and A Level students.
  • There are 48 computers available for student use, with internet access. We have subscriptions to various electronic encyclopedias and periodicals.
  • A collection of reference books includes dictionaries, atlases and directories.
  • Our computerised library catalogue is easy to use, and is available throughout the school. It is linked to the issue system, so that library users can tell whether or not a book is available.
  • Our collection includes DVDs and Audiobooks (Library Catalogue)

Please click here to search the library catalogue.


The library is managed by a qualified librarian, and an experienced library assistant, one of whom is available at all times. The Careers Master is also often available to help students with careers advice.

Studying in the Library

There is seating for about 100 students, with a mixture of study spaces with computers, study spaces without computers and easy chairs.

Borrowing books

All students can borrow library books, generally for a loan period of three weeks.