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School Library

Our main school Library supports reading for both pleasure and the curriculum for all KS3 and KS4 students.

The Library is open to students at both break and lunchtimes.  

We run a number of events throughout the school year including reading-related challenges, quizzes, competitions and book fairs.  

Students are also invited to apply to become Student Librarians to help support the day to day running and development of the Library.

Thornleigh Book Fair!

The Book Fair is back at Thornleigh from Monday 17th to Friday 21st June!

This is a fantastic opportunity for students to purchase some of the amazing books on offer.


Literary Events

Summer Term 2024

Please see the exciting opportunities that students can get involved in:

Saturday 18th May

Join Blue Peter at Manchester Central Library as they launch their ‘Book Club Badge Trail’.

See the link:

Thursday 30th May

Open to all years, students and their families can join popular children’s author Tom Palmer at the IWM North as he talks about his wartime novels.

See the link:

Saturday 8th June

Years 9 to 13 can get involved in the ‘Liberation Squares Writing Workshop’. This is a free creative writing event which explores spoken word and performance poetry.

See the link:

ePlatform by Wheelers has arrived at Thornleigh! 

ePlatform is a library lending system designed to make the borrowing and reading of eBooks as well as the listening of Audiobooks simple and enjoyable. 

Through ePlatform your son or daughter is able to browse for, borrow and read eBooks and Audiobooks anywhere, anytime, on multiple devices.

The website link is: ePlatform and your son/daughter can log on with their school username and password. Alternatively, they can download the ePlatform App.

Let’s Read

Below you will find links to reading resources such as Lit2Go or 500 word stories which we would encourage you to explore. There are also reading lists for those of you who want some inspiration as to what book to pick up next.
If you prefer to listen to stories, you could sign up to AUDIBLE where you can access their audio library free for 30 days.
At the bottom of the page are resources on how your parents and carers can support you with your reading as well as some reading challenges you might like to set yourself!
We hope that the resources on this page give you the opportunity to read stories that help you explore new ideas and experiences and let your imagination run wild.

Happy reading!


Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poetry available as audiobooks and PDF files. Browse hundreds of stories from Japanese and Scottish Fairy Tales to Sherlock Holmes and many of Shakespeare’s plays too. Click on the link below to access free reading material immediately.

500 Word Stories

Follow the link below to Radio 2’s 500 words collection. We particularly enjoyed ‘’Tyrannos-oral Hygiene’’ by Mille Robinson, but there are so many fantastic tales to choose from. Reading for just ten minutes a day can improve your wellbeing, help you to relax and improve your own vocabularies. These stories have all been written by students aged 8-13. If any of the stories spark your own imaginations, make sure to let your teachers know!

Reading Lists

Are you not sure what to read next?  Click on the link below to find a world of inspiration!

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

Year 13