Students are welcome to use the Library for personal study, research, homework and reading. Please remember that it is NOT an area for sitting and chatting with friends or listening to music! Sixth Form students may use the library when they are free unless a class has been booked.

No food, drink or mobile phones in the library please

Opening Times

Monday: 8:40am – 4:30pm

Tuesday: 8:30am – 4:30pm, 12.25pm – 12.45pm Reading group only

Wednesday: 8:30am – 3:10pm

Thursday: 8.30am – 4.30pm – Year 7 only

Friday: 8:30am – 4:00pm – laptops are available for games etc.

Loans and Borrowing

We strongly encourage staff and students to borrow books and we welcome suggestions for new resources. Students can borrow up to three books for 21 days.

Students must RETURN or RENEW books on time, with a maximum of three renewals. Reminders are sent to tutors and if items are not returned a letter is sent home. If the books are lost or damaged there will be a replacement charge. The items you borrow are your responsibility and you are expected to treat them with care.

Library Lessons

There is a library lesson within the English curriculum once a fortnight during Years 7 and 8. These lessons focus on activities based around reading and information skills, with an aim to promote freedom of choice within their abilities. We use the Accelerated Reader scheme to improve students’ reading levels, in a structured way. This is done through a motivating programme of reading and computer generated book quizzes for which students are rewarded for passing. Quizzes should be taken as soon as the book is finished in order to maximize their potential for doing well.

Book Club

On Tuesday lunchtime (12:25 – 12:45) we run a Book Club. This is open to all students from Years 7 to 11 and encompasses a wide range of activities from quizzes and puzzles to shadowing book awards and writing reviews. The texts / genres are selected by members and there is the opportunity to run more than one group if required.

Writing Club

On Tuesday  after school we have a Writing Club from 3.15pm – 4.00pm.  This is open to all students from Years 7 – 11 and is a combination of free choice and directed tasks including writing reports of sporting fixtures.

We do some guided activities and there’s also time for students to write what and how they like. In November we wrote poems about Remembrance Day (Stacey Buckley, Hannah Cordon, Kane Vallance, Grace Gibson and Fibi Smith). Harry Wood wrote about his first day at Kirkby College.

See below for examples of some poems.  Next term the focus will be short stories.

I woke up that morning. I didn’t know what was going to happen then my mum said ”Harry! Breakfast.”

I got dressed but I felt silly putting my Kirkby College uniform on. Then I went downstairs and my Mum said, “Harry, you look so cute!”

I told her I felt silly but my brother came downstairs and said “Ha! You look like a business man in that suit.”

Mum had her camera ready. We smiled and had our picture taken then my friends came to call for me.

My Mum said, “Harry, take a ‘photo with your mates so I can show their parents.”

Me and my friends got to school then we were welcomed by the head teacher.

We were so scared we wanted to run out of school.

 Harry Woods



I shot my gun across the murderous trenches,

Why the gruesome murder?

No choice but to leave my family,

No choice at all,

I wish I could call…

What for,

Clearly no exit door.

The gunshot rang,

Then I fell to the floor.

I had found the door,

Death was inevitable…



Remember, Remember


I learned how to shoot a gun,

Even though it wouldn’t be fun,

But I knew it might save my life.

I walked down a path lined with blood red Poppies,

Poppies, poppies randomly dotted like blood, of the dead, splattered on a wall.

Poppies danced in the wind,

Each poppy represents one life lost.



I sold 200 poppies

I visited all the people in the graveyard and

Paid my respects.

1000s of people and families putting their loved ones at peace.

Loved ones are in your heart forever.

Bullets were everywhere on the ground …

Bodies lying there, no movement, no sound.

Fibi Smith 


The last hero

Once upon a time that’s passed,

To survive was the goal, to be stood last,

Hero in the danger zone,

By himself .All alone,

Heart-less enemy in his path,

Ready to face their merciless wrath,

Knee deep in the trench’s mud,

Behind him came a loud THUD!

Danger everywhere. Bombs go off,

The gasses inside that made him cough,

Then came the enemy’s gun-shot blast,

No-longer the one stood last,

Lay still, lay silent in the mud,

From him came the scarlet blood,

WAR IS OVER! Sing, dance and celebrate!,

Buy a poppy, it’s not too late…

By Hannah Cordon