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Creative Inspiration from Joffre White

World Book Day with SF Said

Rob Lloyd Jones enthrals Year 7s with his Jake Atlas series

Year 9s and 10s impress SF Said with their creative writing

Harry Potter Night - magical!

Author and Mountaineer, Matt Dickinson, enthrals students with tales from Everest

The Six Word Story Competition Winners are announced!

Baileys Prize-nominated Jemma Wayne leads a thought-provoking session with Year 12s

SF Said works on creative writing with Year 8s

SF Said, Patron of Reading, meets Year 7s for the first time

Wonder-ful bookshop visit!

Author, Catherine Johnson, enthrals a packed library

We host a bake sale as part of the World's Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

Year 7s enjoy celebrating Roald Dahl's 100th Birthday!



Author Christine Hamill is impressed by her first ever school visit to Fortismere!

Historian, Peter Hart, discusses Oral History with Sixth Formers

"The most useful tool for writing successfully is reading": Philip Womack

Suitcase of Stories - Sita Brahmachari and Jane Ray inspire Year 7s

Nikki Sheehan encourages Year 7s to be like magpies!

Haringey Children's Book Award Ceremony, April 2016

Non Pratt gets Year 9s thinking

Read a blog from our very own librarian about the joy of having a Patron of Reading!

Patron of Reading, SF Said and our Year 8s develop their stories

Former Patron of Reading, Sita Brahamachari, holds her latest book launch in the school library!

Quirky tales of history from academic Chris Lloyd

Author, Jane Brittan, talks about characterisation and and research with Year 8s and 9s

Patron of Reading, SF Said, working with Year 8s

Read about author Philip Womack's visit

Read about author CJ Daugherty's visit


The library is a two floor study area in our sixth form building. It is open from 8am to 5pm every weekday and occasionally during the holidays. The lower floor is for years 7 to 11, and the upper floor includes a silent study area for sixth formers.  There are three professional librarians who support and assist all students and staff.

There are ten computers downstairs and 19 upstairs, a scanner and two colour printers.  We have a photocopier and DVD player, and listening facilities are available for audiobooks and language support.

There is a huge variety of library activities to suit every year group. Year 7s can participate in the Haringey Children's Book Award with students from other schools all around the Borough during Spring term, and in the Summer, Year 8 students shadow the prestigious Carnegie Book Award. 'Novel Attractions' is a book review group for Years 9 and 10 and the sixth form reading club, 'Undercover', enjoys a wide range of challenging texts. Even parents and staff can get involved by attending 'Cover Up', our half-termly, sociable parent/staff reading group. As well as these, we enjoy Harry Potter Night with a library 'sleepover', Roald Dahl's birthday is celebrated, we run charity events, play library bingo - there is always something happening in the library!

We work closely with the English department to ensure everyone gets a chance to enjoy reading with buddy schemes, a Breakfast Club, fortnightly library lessons (where we use the Accelerated Reader system) and other reading initiatives.  Links with other departments in the school mean we have relevant resources for all subjects and many teachers take advantage of the facilities we offer and bring classes in for research lessons.

We have books that appeal to everyone.  Reference, text and non-fiction books are available, as well as up to date periodicals to support learning.  We have a vast range of fiction from classics to current best-sellers, and we welcome suggestions for new titles.  We also have picture books, comics, Quick Reads, book and CD sets, novels in other languages and a large selection of DVDs to borrow. 

We get daily newspapers (The Daily Telegraph, i and The Mirror), and local papers too.  Board games are available to play, there is always a film showing at lunchtime, and our exhibitions and book displays are changed weekly to capture the imagination.  We are always excited to welcome authors, illustrators, historians, politicians and other folk to the library for talks and workshops and we have our very own Patron of Reading, a designated author who comes several times during the year to build a rapport with the students and create a buzz about reading.

If you have questions about the library, please call us on 020 8365 4457, or email Gill Ward

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Use the Accelerated Reader BookFinder to search for book titles based on author, topic or title of book.  Find out the AR Level of the book you’re reading to make sure it’s in your reading zone. You can read a Guide to Accelerated Reader here.

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