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  • Literacy, Reading and Library

    Reading is an essential skill for everyday life, not just academic research.

    There is now a considerable amount of evidence which indicates that reading can make you a happier person.  For example, the results of a 2013 survey by The Book Trust found that: "People who read books regularly are on average more satisfied with life, happier, and more likely to think that the things they do in life are worthwhile."

    St Bernard's supports reading by providing:

    • an experienced school librarian to assist students in locating appropriate books and completing online research 
    • a suite of thirty computers and printing facilities
    • access to over 13,000 fiction and non-fiction books, including many shortlisted for major literature prizes eg The Man Booker and Carnegie awards for adult and children's fiction and The Royal Society and Baillie Gifford (previously the Samuel Johnson Prize) for non-fiction
    • a wide range of books to support struggling and reluctant readers
    • a growing selection of books in modern foreign languages to assist EAL (English as an Additional Language) students.

    The library is open Monday - Friday 8.00am - 4.30pm (term time only).


    OliverModern libraries use computers to maintain records.  St Bernard’s school library uses software called “Oliver”. You can search the library database and see resources available to our student by clicking the icon to the right.

    Accelerated Reader Programme 

    Accelerated ReaderFirst introduced to St Bernard's in September 2011 for Year 7 students, the Accelerated Reader programme (provided by Renaissance Learning) aims to motivate students to read more - and better - books.  It assists in identifying problems, raising literacy standards and helps develop a lifelong love of reading.

    Click HERE to access the Renaissance Learning website to find out more about the programme.

    Students can click on the icon immediately to the right to log into the Renaissance Learning website to take a quiz on the book they have just finished reading.


    "St Bernard's is a unique school which offers subjects that have indefinitely carved my education and who I am. It has led me onto a path that no other school would be able to offer. The support from my teachers combined with the school's encouraging atmosphere gives me motivation to work hard and strive for the best every day in everything I do". 

    — Sophia (Deputy Head Student, Year 13)