“There is no such thing as a child who hates to read;

there are only children who have not found the right book.”

Frank Serafini                                                                                                                  

At Congleton High we have a wonderful Learning Resource Centre (The LRC) that is at the heart of learning for our students, both in lessons and their free time. 

Reading is a key focus for all of our students and we have a comprehensive library of fiction and non-fiction books, which is constantly updated and expanded with new titles. If a particular title is not held by the LRC, then students, parents and carers can ask our librarian, Mrs Richardson, for the book to be purchased for the library. We also have a range of dyslexia friendly books, which use specially selected fonts and tinted paper to make them super readable. A list of these can be found below.

Students may borrow up to two books at a time (at the discretion of our librarian) and keep them for up to three weeks, before returning or renewing them in the LRC. Students will not be able to borrow another book until they have returned any books that are overdue. If a book is lost or returned in such a state that it cannot be put back on to the shelves, the student will be asked to pay for the replacement cost of the book.

The LRC offers all of our students the opportunity to browse, read and discuss books, complete homework in the computer suite or at the study tables, purchase essential stationery items (calculators, rulers, pens, pencils etc), and participate in a range of activities

Our LRC opening hours are: 

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Before School Closed Open to all Years Open to all Years Open to all Years Open to all Years
Break Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 7 Year 8
Lunch (KS3) Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 7 Closed
Lunch (KS4/5) Years 10/11/12/13 Closed Closed Years 10/11/12/13 Years 10/11/12/13
After School Closed Open to all Years Open to all Years Open to all Years Open to all Years


The LRC opens at 8:30am and closes at 4:00pm on Monday to Thursday and 3:30pm on Friday

Our Recommended Reading Lists below contain a selection of books in a range of categories suitable for Key Stage 3 students (Year 7-9). These are a mix of old favourites, classics and new titles. They are available for students to borrow from the CHS LRC.

We also have a range of Dyslexia Friendly Books, which use appropriate fonts, paper etc. A list of these can also be found below. 

Although we encourage students to read titles within their book range, we understand that some may want to challenge their reading and choose a book at a higher level. We have a wide range of genres on offer at varying book levels and a large selection of titles available in the Short Reads section of the library.

New books are regularly added to the library shelves. Below you will find our 'Book of the Week' titles, which will include a short description of the storyline.

You can find more information on any of the books or authors mentioned throughout our reading lists at GoodReads.com

NB: If a student wishes to borrow an Upper School Read, a parent/carer must email Mrs Richardson, our librarian (srichardson@congletonhigh.com), giving permission for their child to do so. 

KS3 Recommended Reading Lists

Our librarian, Mrs Richardson, and our English team are all wonderful sources of information and advice on choosing appropriate and interesting books.

Along with our wide range of standard books, we also have Dyslexia Friendly Books, which use appropriate fonts, paper etc. A list of these can be found below along with a range of Student Book Reviews of some of the titles available in our LRC. Students have used these to share favourite books with their peers, giving a brief overview of the plot and also explaining why others might enjoy it.

Choosing the Right Book for You

There are also a number of websites that have been specially created with teens in mind and are ideal places to pick up ideas for reading recommendations from like-minded teens.

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/genres/childrens
Lovereading www.lovereading.co.uk
Scholastic Books www.scholastic.co.uk/readeveryday
Spine Breakers www.spinebreakers.co.uk
The Book People www.thebookpeople.co.uk
The Guardian www.theguardian.com/books
Walker Books www.scholastic.co.uk

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