The Library has become a popular place to be within the school. With over 10,000 books covering a diverse and inclusive range of fiction, graphic novels and Manga plus non –fiction titles to support study and general interests as well as 10 PCs and 12 laptops, we have something to offer students of all year groups and abilities.

Pupils are introduced to the Library when they join Year 7 attending induction courses with an introduction to our online catalogue ACCESSIT. These sessions are run by our two experienced Librarians. Books can be borrowed for two weeks at a time and can be renewed at any time at the information desk.

Students are welcome to apply to be a Student Library Assistant. This is a fun and educational position that teaches teamwork, organisation, public speaking and responsibility. Our Student Library Assistants play a very important role within the Library and have the opportunity to take part in several extracurricular activities.  

All students in Year 7 and 8 are enrolled in the Accelerated Reader Programme (AR) supporting and encouraging a wider range of reading within their individual abilities whilst promoting reading for pleasure.  Students are regularly rewarded for their reading achievements throughout the year.

​​​​​​Many events are organised and hosted within the Library including Harry Potter Night, World Book Week, Halloween Spooky Stories, Escape Rooms, Murder Mysteries, recycled book crafting, book fairs, book festival trips and themed quizzes.

​​​​​​​In addition, there are several clubs, challenges and competitions that students can take advantage of in the Library. These include our fortnightly clubs- Comic/Manga Book club, Novel Bunch Reading Group, Creative Writing Club, plus many author visits. Recent authors who have visited in the past year include Matt Oldfield, Manjeet Mann, Christopher Edge, Julia Edwards, Toast Performance Poetry and our recently appointed Writer in Residence Matt Dickinson.

Opening Hours

The library is open at the following times and as well as a space for reading, research and homework we offer different activity clubs each day after school with refreshments  as follows.

Monday: 8:45am – 4:15pm (after school  Creative Writing  Club)
Tuesday: 8:20am – 4:15pm (after school Crafternoon Club)
Wednesday: 8:45am – 4:15pm (after school Booknight Club)
Thursday: 8:20am – 4:15pm (after school Board Games Club)
Friday: 8:20am – 4:30pm (after school Cinemaniacs Film Club)

Library Staff

To contact a member of staff, please click on their name below:

Mrs L Gill- Head Librarian

Access-It Library

accelerated reader

Keep up to date on library activities and events through Twitter @NGatelibrary

Library Policy

reading and literacy activities

YA Parental Permission Letter

Key Stage 3 Suggested Reading List

Key Stage 4 Suggested Reading List

Matt Dickinson – Writer in Residence 2022-23

Introducing Matt Dickinson- Writer in Residence at Northgate

Reflecting on his 1st visit and Matt sets our students a challenge

Hello from Kathmandu