Prendergast Vale School Library


Hello, we are delighted that you are looking at our library webpage. It may mean that you love books as much as we do!

At Prendergast Vale School, we want to encourage as many of our students as possible to use the library facilities. By learning to use our service, they will gain the skills they need to access larger public and university libraries with real success and with a hugely positive impact on their present and future studies. They will also have a source of enjoyment and reading pleasure that can continue throughout their entire lifetimes.

The aim of our Library staff is to support the whole school community by fostering a love of books in the students, supporting the curriculum, providing a safe and happy alternative learning environment within the school and by helping students to develop skills of independent learning.

Opening hours:

The library is open throughout the school day, with a Librarian available from 10am ‘til 2pm every week day. Homework club takes place in the library on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 3 until 4pm.


Resources available:

  • Non-fiction books for borrowing
  • Fiction books for borrowing - novels, graphic novels, poetry, plays and stories (please see our fiction age rating statement)
  • Reference books – encyclopaedias, dictionaries, thesauruses, atlases and university prospectuses
  • A selection of magazines for use in the library
  • 5 PC computers with internet access, security settings and attached to a colour printer for use by students in the library for homework and research


How to borrow books:

A maximum of 2 books per student may be borrowed for up to 2 weeks at a time. This time can be extended by bringing the book in to the library for renewal. Books are the responsibility of the borrower and must be replaced if lost or damaged.


Events and activities:

Every year a number trips, activities and events are organised to promote reading for pleasure throughout the school. These include Book Buzz, World Book Week, Lewisham Schools Book Quiz, Lewisham Schools Book Award, Lewisham Schools Book Challenge and reciprocal trips with other local schools to hear authors speak. Reading promotion displays and smaller activities also take place throughout the year to celebrate seasonal events such as Black History Month, Remembrance Day, National Poetry Day, Pride, Non-Fiction November and Christmas. We also run a term of induction lessons for year 7s, and are visited by classes from throughout our primary and secondary phases as part of timetabled literacy and English lessons.


Suggested reading:

We’ve put together the following lists as a helpful guide to what years 7, 8 and 9 students might like to read for fun. People vary massively in their taste, maturity and reading ability, so we leave it up to students and their parents to decide what to read. Reading for pleasure has plenty of perks. It improves vocabulary and results in all subjects. It gives the reader a chance to see the world in new ways, experience other lives and learn things they’ve never even thought of. Plus it can be the source of great relaxation and enjoyment!

Throughout these lists the books are arranged in alphabetical order of authors’ surnames. Many of the titles are available in our school library. For those that aren’t, we encourage you to visit your local library, where membership is free.

-Real Life Issues




-Mystery and Adventure

-Miscellaneous other genres


Library Staff:

Ms S. Mathews BA

Ms F. Currie BA, MA

0208 297 3540 ex.613073