The importance of reading

Good reading skills are known to have a positive impact on students’ academic attainment, and reading for pleasure fosters young people’s confidence and wellbeing.  Coleridge works hard to both improve students’ reading skills and encourage them to read more for pleasure. Having a well-stocked school library, from which they can borrow books, is an important way of supporting this. 

We aim to foster and encourage reading for both the most able and those who find it challenging. As part of our goal to make sure that we cater for all needs and abilities, our library has a section of Barrington Stoke books, written specifically for dyslexic and struggling readers. There is also a range of non-fiction books available for students to use as resources for research. 

As well as the Tutor Time Reading programme that takes place in the mornings, the library is responsible for reading initiatives, competitions and events, listed opposite, that support the reading culture at Coleridge Community College.

Opening Times

Monday - Friday: 8.00am - 4.30pm

Homework Club: Tuesday - Thursday 3.00pm - 4.30pm (4.00pm on Fridays) 

The library is also open at lunchtime for students to complete school work. Sign in sheets are left on the table outside the library for students to sign in at lunchtime. 

The library has a vibrant twitter account. Follow us: @Library_CCC

  • CCC Top 50 Reading Challenge

    The CCC Top 50 Reading Challenge is a great way to discover new books and develop as a reader. Each Year Group has been given a list of ten books, which are available from the library. The challenge is to read as many of them as you can. When you finish a book from the list, you then log onto the Google classroom (the code to join is zlufsmd), pick a reading challenge and complete it to win house points.

    The reading challenges include: 

    1. Writing and/or videoing a dramatic monologue
    2. Creating a collage, drawing or other artwork on the book’s themes or characters
    3. Storyboard or create a video for a film trailer for the book
    4. Create a Found Poem from words and phrases taken from the book
    5. Write a blog or film a vlog about the book
    6. Create a diorama to explore/illustrate an important scene or theme from the book
    7. Take a key moment in the story and turn it into a comic book, including speech and thought bubbles for the characters
    8. Pick an important object or place from the story and create a poster to show what it looks like and why it is important to the story

    However, if you decide you would like to explore the book in another way, you are welcome and encouraged to do so.

    Here are links to the Year 7-11 CCC Top 50 book lists:

    Year 7        Year 8        Year 9        Year 10        Year 11

  • Coleridge Book Group

    More information to follow.


  • Bookbuzz

    Bookbuzz is a reading programme organized by the charity BookTrust to help schools inspire a love of reading in 11 to 13-year-olds. Year 7 students at Coleridge get the opportunity to choose their own book to take home and keep. Thus every student in Year 7 is able to have at least one book that belongs to them. In October, they order the book they want from a list of 17 titles, all chosen by a panel of experts to encourage reading for pleasure. They receive their books, wrapped up as an early Christmas present, in December. There are copies of all the books on the Bookbuzz list in the library for students to borrow. Further information can be found on the website: www.booktrust.org.uk

  • BookTrust School Library Pack

    Coleridge receives the School Library Pack which inclues a free pack of books that includes future classics, books for reluctant readers and non-fiction titles. All the books are aimed at students aged 11-14 and can be used in lessons, in the library, at lunchtime book groups or in reading interventions. There are a total of 40 books in the pack, which also has hints and tips for teachers and librarians as well as suggestions for enjoyable, social reading and discussion activities. More information can be found on the website: www.booktrust.org.uk

  • CILIP Carnegie Medal Shadowing

    This is a national reading initiative that takes place every year from March until the end of June and the book that is voted outstanding by children’s librarians is awarded a Medal. The Award’s mission is ‘to inspire and empower the next generation to create a better world through books and reading’. 

    Coleridge Community College fully supports this mission. The school takes part in the Carnegie Awards Shadowing Scheme every year. This engages thousands of children and young people in reading groups in schools and public libraries, supported by educational reading resources. 

    The Coleridge Book Group have attended Carnegie Celebration Events and Coleridge has hosted one of these at the school. We look forward to doing so again in the future.

    • March: Shortlist of books announced and Shadowing begins
    • March - June: Shadowing groups read, review and take part in activities
    • May - early June: Shadowers’ Choice Award voting open
    • Mid June: Carnegie Medal Award winners announced

    If you would like more information, please visit the Carnegie website: www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk


  • World Book Day

    World Book Day is a worldwide celebration of reading, authors, illustrators and books. It takes place at the beginning of March every year. Coleridge organises many competitions and activities to celebrate World Book Day. So far these have included: a Year 7 Baking Competition based around the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll; both students and staff dressing up as a character from their favourite book; quizzes about the authors Roald Dahl and Harry Potter; a literary murder mystery game and, most recently, Guess the Masked Reader. 

    Students also receive a £1.00 Book Token which they can exchange immediately for a free £1.00 book; Coleridge works in partnership with Heffers Bookshop in Cambridge to organize this. Alternatively, if they prefer, students can take their £1 token to any participating bookshop to get a £1.00 discount on a book worth £2.00 or more. 

    More information about this event can be found on the World Book Day website: www.worldbookday.com

Coleridge Library Catalogue and Click and Collect

Students can browse for books in the library catalogue and reserve them using a Click and Collect service. Students can access the catalogue online here to reserve and borrow books from home, even if they cannot come to the library in person.

To use Click and Collect you will need your library barcode number. This number serves as both your library account username and the password. It will be given to you by your tutor at the beginning of the year. Once reserved, the books will be put into the collection box in Student Services and an email will be sent to your tutor so that they can tell you it is ready to pick up. The usual borrowing period is two weeks but this can be extended upon request.

Click and Collect Instructions

Additional Library Resources

There are thirty computers in the library available for use during breaks and lunchtimes.

We have a black and white printer, a colour printer/photocopier and a paper trimmer for the use of staff and students. 

At the rear of the library, there is a reference only revision section with Key Stage 3, 4 and GCSE revision material for English, Maths, Science and other subjects. Additionally, if students would like to take some revision work home with them, they can photocopy the pages they need from the guides and workbooks.

Careers information is available in the library for Year 9 students considering their options and Key Stage 4 students applying for places in Further Education. There are university prospectuses, which are for reference only, and multiple copies of the Sixth Form College prospectuses, which students can take home. There are reference books about how to write a CV and prepare for an interview, as well as information about apprenticeships, what qualifications are needed for specific careers and some guidance books about what careers are linked to which subjects.