“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.” – Charles W. Eliot

At Sandroyd, we work hard to foster a love of reading in our students, providing young Sandroydians with the opportunity to enter new worlds and travel into the realms of imagination through an exciting range of literature.

Reading for pleasure is an important part of our curriculum; from personal reading within school and the boarding houses, to library lessons, whole school reading periods and the Breakfast Book Club. Our Librarian, Madam Cournil, also organises a variety of activities for the students, including weekly news quizzes, “Book, PJs and Hot Choc” on a Thursday evening and themed author events.

Students come to the library for a timetabled session every week and are welcome to visit before, during and after school. It is always open.

The library offers a range of fiction texts for all ages and is stocked with a selection of non-fiction to support learning and feed students’ interests. We aim to keep informed about new and exciting publications and authors but we also have a wide range of classics. In addition, it is also home to a set of tablets on which students may research and peruse electronic texts, as well as a selection of newspapers and magazines. We subscribe to a large number of magazines, such as How it works, BBC History Magazine and Bushcraft, to name a few. First News and The Week Junior are also very popular ways of following the news. There is something for everyone.

Our Librarian and dedicated team of Library Assistants are on hand to help with any queries and recommendations, not to mention the wealth of reading experience amongst the Sandroydian staff.

We also have a specific library area of fiction and non-fiction books designed for our junior children. It is an exciting and stimulating environment offering books that appeal to all tastes. The Junior Reading Challenge inspires children to read, collect points, certificates and rewards.

Author visits are arranged during Book Week, alongside the Travelling Book Fair, and provide the students at Sandroyd, from The Walled Garden up to Year 8, with the chance to meet popular authors, ask questions and hear all about their writing (and illustrating) process. It is a hugely enjoyable occasion for all, with visits in the past from authors such as Lou Kuenzler, Piers Torday, Justin Fisher, Maria Farrer and Paul Geraghty.

New for 2017-2018:
• An incredibly enthusiastic team of student librarians
• A suggestion box, which has already led to new purchases
• Weekly news quizzes
• A book reviews scrapbook
• “Book, PJs and Hot Choc” – a cosy reading club every Thursday evening
• A Book of the Month suggested and promoted by student volunteers

The Library is open at break time, so come and see us soon!

Click here for the Sandroyd Great Books list.