“Reading is a passport to countless adventures”


Here at Chafyn Grove, our active school library is at the very heart of the curriculum. We believe the library should support and assist staff and students in their work and in their leisure, and we work hard to foster a love of reading throughout.

There are over 8,600 titles which are continually updated, enabling a huge range of choices in both fiction and non-fiction for all students. There are academic and reference works to complement the curriculum in every subject area, and in addition we subscribe to the magazine The Week Junior and have a good range of comics. There really is something for everyone.

Students come to the library for a timetabled session each week and are welcome to visit before school and during break time – the doors are always open. Our school Librarian, Tat Tomalin is always on hand to help with any queries and recommendations and she runs weekly book clubs for Year 3 and Year 5.   A baby and toddler Rhyme Time is also held each week in our library. Children can come and relax at break times either by doing a puzzle, playing chess, colouring, or chilling in the tee-pee, curling up under a blanket or on the bean bags to read.

Along with World Book Day, events, and author visits from inspirational children’s authors such as Jacqueline Wilson and MG Leonard, our library really is a very special place.

The children in Years 4 – 8 each have a Reading Passport. This log charts and guides them through different reading routes and contains trails through Europe, Africa and the Americas. The children travel from country to country by reading books and when a continent is complete, a book is given in assembly as a reward. In fact, the success of our Reading Passports has led to an extension of further continents of Australia, Antarctica and Asia, via the journeys of Burke & Wills, Shackleton and Marco Polo. An appetite for reading is one of the most impactful habits to develop at Prep School. Our Reading Passports encourage all levels of reader to stretch themselves and become more seasoned travellers