Learning Resource Centre

Library and Learning Resource Centre

FSD is privileged to have a fully stocked library and learning resource centre for use by our staff and students before, during and after school.

Our opening hours are:

  • Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.00am – 4.00pm.
  • Wednesday and Friday: 8.00am – 3.30pm
  • All students are welcome to use the LRC during the above opening hours to borrow and return books, use the computers for school work, and buy stationery items.
  • Access to table areas at lunchtime for all year groups.

Every Monday after school we hold the Secret Book Club. An informal opportunity to borrow not-yet-published titles, and feed back on whether you feel they are good enough to buy for the library.

After school on Thursdays we go to war with Warhammer! If you are already a gamer you may bring your own (bags may be left in the librarian’s office for safekeeping during the day), but if you are new to Warhammer we have plenty that you can use to join a battle!

Every other Wednesday we meet to discuss the Excelsior Book Award. The Excelsior Award is the only nationwide book award for graphic novels and manga – where kids aged 11-18 decide the winner by rating each book as they read it! At Framwellgate School Durham we participate in the Blue Award (for ages 11+) and the Red Award (for ages 14+). Students rate each book against criteria on a form. The forms need to be submitted before 18th April. This year’s shortlists are:

Blue Award 11+

Red Award 14+

The North East Teenage Book Awards group meets after school every other Wednesday. We are all trying to read the six shortlisted titles before attending the award ceremony on 11th March! This year’s shortlist consists of:

Could you survive a zombie apocalypse? You could if you attended the Zombie Apocalypse Training course after school every Thursday!

Why not drop in after school on a Friday to get that pesky homework out of the way, or play a board game with friends? We are only open for half an hour, but would love to see you!

Use the library from your phone or home computer!

Visit the library from the comfort of your own home! You can log into our library system here using the number on your barcode. If you don’t have your barcode yet, call into the library – it will be stuck to the front of your planner so that you always have it with you!

From the  website you will be able to see what you currently have on loan, and renew your loans if you wish. You can also browse the catalogue and reserve titles, write reviews, search approved websites, and recommend books for the library to buy!

Library on Twitter!

Book lists - we have compiled a selection of book lists to add depth to curriculum topics.

Books which take place somewhere in Africa, suitable for a range of readers. If you would like advice on any title please ask the librarian! The list will be updated periodically to reflect titles available in the school library.  

Africa Book List

Books which take place somewhere in Asia, suitable for a range of readers. If you would like advice on any title please ask the librarian! The list will be updated periodically to reflect titles available in the school library.Asia book list

Books which involve design and technology, suitable for a range of readers. If you would like advice on any title please ask the librarian! The list will be updated periodically to reflect titles available in the school library.

Design and technology book list

Books which involve food as an important element of the story, suitable for a range of readers. If you would like advice on any title please ask the librarian! The list will be updated periodically to reflect titles available in the school library.

Food related book list

Books which take place during the Victorian period or Industrial Revolution. Suitable for a range of readers. If you would like advice on any title please ask the librarian! The list will be updated periodically to reflect titles available in the school library.

Industrial revolution and Victorian book list

Books which involve key moments of the twentieth century, suitable for a range of readers. If you would like advice on any title please ask the librarian! The list will be updated periodically to reflect titles available in the school library.

Key moments of twentieth century book list

Books which are set in Antarctica, suitable for a range of readers. If you would like advice on any title please ask the librarian! The list will be updated periodically to reflect titles available in the school library.

Antarctica Book List

Books which are set in Europe, suitable for a range of readers. If you would like advice on any title please ask the librarian! The list will be updated periodically to reflect titles available in the school library.

Europe Book List

Books which are set in South America, suitable for a range of readers. If you would like advice on any title please ask the librarian! The list will be updated periodically to reflect titles available in the school library.

South America Book List