The library is at the heart of our school and plays an active role in the Cheam High School learning environment, both by encouraging reading and promoting literacy throughout the school. The library is staffed by a team of three librarians and provides a bright and welcoming setting for reading and private and group study. We hold over 4,000 books across a wide range of genres and have a suite of 35 computers and printing facilities. The careers room is also located in the library and supports students from year 10 upwards.

The library hosts fortnightly library lessons through years 7 and 8 giving students a regular opportunity to explore new authors and genres. Students’ reading levels are assessed each term and students are encouraged to choose books which challenge and extend their reading. For those students who need to build their reading confidence, our Accelerated Reader programme provides the opportunity to do regular reading practice quizzes to check their comprehension and earn points. In additions to lessons, a number of clubs and fun book related events are held throughout the year which enable students to have fun, make new friends and relax away from the pressures of school.

The library uses OLIVER, a computerised library system, which provides students with accurate information on their current loans, up-to-date details about all the resources available, with the ability to reserve any resource required. All students are members of the school library and given an OLIVER account at the beginning of year 7, enabling them to borrow books for up to two weeks at a time. We also have a team of student librarians who help keep the shelves tidy and can help with book recommendations.

Students from Years 12 & 13 have their own library which is located in the 6th Form Study Zone.

Students may purchase a wide range of stationery from the library shop using their cashless cards and cash.

Librarians: Mrs Pendrill, Mrs Booth and Mrs McGovern

Opening Hours:

  • Monday to Friday - 8:00am to 8:30am
  • Monday to Friday – Lunch time (Years 7 to 11)
  • Monday to Friday - 2:50pm to 3:50pm (Homework Club)