Library Team

Mrs Bradbury
Mrs Huxtable
Mrs Harrison

Opening Hours

The library is open every weekday from 8am to 4.30pm. It is also open over break and lunch, with Thursday lunchtimes reserved for Year 7s only.

Library Facilities

The library has over 27,000 books spanning a wide variety of genres and interests. The stock is regularly updated and we have a suggestion box on the counter, so if you can’t find a book by your favourite author just let us know and we will try to get a copy for you. In addition to books we also have computers and printers that are available for you to use for schoolwork and homework.

The library is a quiet, welcoming and comfortable area that students love to spend time in. As long as you are respectful of those who are using the library to work or study, you are welcome to meet up with your friends and play with our selection of board games and our large collection of Top Trumps.


Accelerated Reader

Reading is an essential life skill. At Bideford College Library we promote reading for pleasure with the aim of instilling a lifelong love of reading in our students. Students who read for pleasure are more likely to improve their success rate in all their subjects at school.

Accelerated Reader is the program we use at Bideford College to monitor students’ reading practise, setting benchmarks that allow us to celebrate the progress they make in this area. Students will come to the library once a fortnight during years 7-9 to take part in Accelerated Reader lessons. They will be STAR tested three times a year to track their progress. Once a student has been STAR tested they are given a ZPD (reading range) so they can then select books which have Accelerated Reader quizzes on them at their correct reading range. Once they have read a book they complete an online quiz to show they have understood its content. They need to get an average of 85% correct to ensure maximum progress. In addition to a reading practice quiz some books also have additional vocabulary and literacy quizzes.

Teachers will monitor reading progress regularly and advise when students have reached various targets and moved up a certification level. Students’ reading successes are also celebrated by awarding house points for passing quizzes with a score of 100%, and through rewarding students who reach ‘Word Millionaire’ status within any given academic year.

Big Up a Book

This is the library’s book review system that allows you to let us know what you think about the books you have borrowed and read. Simply take a review slip from the counter and complete and return it with the book when you have finished. Remember to include your name and tutor group as you will receive house points for yourself and your tutor group. The tutor group with the highest number each term receives a tub of sweets and 250 house points.

Library After School Clubs

We have a variety of after school clubs that take place in the Library. If you are interested in starting a new club please speak to one of the librarians and we will see what we can do!

Word of the Week

Would you like to improve your vocabulary and impress your teachers and your friends?

On display in the library each week is a new ‘Word of the Week’. Use this accurately in a sentence and show one of the librarians your work, and you will receive a small reward, a house point and the chance to have your sentence included in our display.

Library Events

The library holds several exciting events throughout the year. Our most popular is our legendary Harry Potter Night, when the library is transformed into a spectacular world of magic and mischief. You will get the chance to sample Butterbeer (strictly not for adults), have a go at mixing some magic potions, visit Honeydukes sweet shop, pin the sock on Dobby and take part in a treasure hunt, amongst many other activities. Come dressed as your favourite Harry Potter character and visit the sorting station to discover which house you are in.






Author Visits

Every year we are very lucky to have several fantastic children’s authors, poets and/or illustrators visit the college. You may get the chance to meet the people who create your favourite books, listen to stories of how they started writing, get the opportunity to ask them questions and receive tips on how to create your own novel.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in the Library

Many students in the college take up the opportunity to become involved in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. As part of achieving this award, there is a section you need to complete which involves volunteering in the community. A number of students choose to complete this part of the award by volunteering in the library. If you are involved with DofE and are interested in volunteering in the library, please speak to one of the librarians.


We hold a number of competitions in the library throughout the year. Keep your eyes open for announcements in the library or on this page.


The CILIP Carnegie Children’s Book Awards

On 17th June 2020 the winner of the prestigious CILIP Carnegie Medal – one of the UK’s oldest book awards for children and young people – was revealed as ‘Lark’ by Anthony McGowan. Using captivating words and images to explore humankind’s relationship with nature alongside themes of survival, ‘Lark’ tells the story of two brothers, Nicky and Kenny, who set out for an adventure in the North Yorkshire Moors only to be caught in a precarious blizzard when weather conditions take a turn. Throughout the book, the brothers display a deep respect and understanding of nature, which ultimately grants them consolation as they wait to be rescued. McGowan’s prose paints nature as a source of wonder and joy, but also peril.

This and all the other books on the Carnegie 2020 shortlist will be available for you to borrow once the college Library re-opens. In the meantime, you can borrow it in eBook format from Devon Libraries via the ‘Libby’ app: https://www.devonlibraries.org.uk/web/arena/catalogue

Carnegie Writing Competition

To celebrate the announcement of the CILIP Carnegie Medal winner yesterday, we would like to invite you to take part in a competition devised by the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) for the CILIP Carnegie Shadowing Scheme.

Imagine you get to spend the day with your favourite book character in their fictional world… Think about all the things you would want to do together: how you’d get there, what you’d like to see and when you’d like to go. Also think about what that character will bring to the day. Your story must be no more than 300 words. The deadline for the competition is Monday 14th September 2020, so please make sure you e-mail your entries by 7th September to: sbradbury@bidefordcollege.org and you could be in with a chance of winning the following prizes:

£500 worth of books for your school library

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A set of shortlisted books

You can find out more information about the competition and download the entry form by clicking on this link: https://bit.ly/2Y9ZQLG

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