Welcome to Sutton Grammar School Library

All students and staff are automatically members of our Library and able to borrow books from the collections.

The Library houses a large range of regularly updated fiction and reading for pleasure is very much encouraged throughout the school. The non-fiction collection is carefully chosen to support the curriculum.

There is a careers information collection and lists by subject of suggested wider reading for sixth form students as they prepare for their final exams and onward destination.

The Library is a bright, light and welcoming environment ideal for study or quiet reading and is open to all students during morning and lunch breaks. Resources include Pc’s, Scanners, printers, newspapers and Journals.




SGS Library Blog

  • SGS Library Blog - June 2022

    date posted: Wednesday 22 Jun 2022

    Welcome back to the second half of the summer term which is already in full swing!  We have some excellent new books waiting to picked up and read by you.  Now that the warmer weather is here, we would love to see how you enjoy your books in the sunshine, please email us any pictures or a few words to: library@suttongrammar.sutton.sch.uk.

    If you read any good books during the half term break we would love to share how the book inspired you by writing a review on the ‘Reading Cloud’ for our school community read.

    Grab these new reads which have just come into the library for some leisurely summer evening reading: They Saw Too Much by Alan Gibbons; Reckless, The Petrified Flesh by Cornelia Funke; Resist by Tom Palmer.  We have a few new Graphic Novels (library section 741) to add to our collection, for fans of the Fence series we have added volumes 3 & 4 to the set.  In addition, we have Corpse Talk, Dead Good Storytellers by Adam & Lisa Murphy; and Asterix and the Griffon by Jean –Yves Ferri

    Our non-fiction is always expanding so check out these new titles available now: Can’t We Just Print More Money by Rupal Patel and Jack Meaning (Economics section 330); What About Law Third Edition (Law section 340); Insights into Game Theory by Ein-Ya Gura (Mathematics section 510).


    Pride Month 2022 at SGS

    In June we celebrate Pride month and raise awareness of the issues surrounding the acceptance of all genders and sexualities including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, intersex, asexual, Pansexual and Allies (LGBTQIA+).   In school you have probably noticed staff wearing rainbow lanyards and our designated LGBTQIA+ notice board outside Room 3.  Our Library has been busy during Pride month with a range of books available to look at:  Alex in Wonderland by Simon James Green; Gender Games by Juno Dawson; My Brother’s name is Jessica by John Boyne and Trans Teen Survival Guide by Owl and Fox Fisher

    We liked this LGBTQIA+ book on SORA: Pride, The Celebration and the Struggle by Robin Stevenson.

    Available in the Library now are our Pride month bookmarks, a cheerful addition to any book, whilst highlighting the LGBTQIA+ community at SGS.

    If you are interested in LGBTQ history books this list is a good place to start:


    20th June – 26th June 2022

    Refugee Week is a UK festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary. Refugee Week is a growing global movement empowers refugees from different backgrounds to connect beyond labels, encourage understanding of why people are displaced, and the challenges they face when seeking safety.

    This Refugee Week’s theme is ‘Healing’, through a programme of arts, cultural, sports and educational events, it enables people who have sought safety in the UK to share their experiences, perspectives and spread awareness.

    This month in the library we have author Benjamin Zephariah’s new book Refugee Boy; in addition you might like to read these other titles about refugee experiences: Boy 87 by Ele Fountain and If you were me by Sam Hepburn.  Don’t forget to search “Refugees” on SORA for more books on the topic.

    If you would like to learn more click on the link below, we particularly liked the simple acts page, which is inspires us that it is the simple acts of people like us who can make a huge difference to others.

    National School Sport week
    19th June – 24th June 2022

    With Sports Day just around the corner for SGS, everyone is invited to participate in sport for their houses. However, some children are unable to enjoy school sport the way they should. The last few years have highlighted further the need for every child to feel involved and included in school sport.

    National School Sport Week’s vision is to make sure that, when it comes to school sport, there is a place for every child. Young people benefit from school sport so that they can connect with others, develop important life skills and improve both their physical and mental health.

    The theme for 2022 is: Belonging – a place in sport for every child.

    In our Library we have lots of books on sports, our newest editions are our Sports Stories collection: In the Red Zone; Taste of Victory; Home Ice Rivals; Catch Football Beat and Dance Team, Double Trouble. Please come in and ask Mrs Taylor/Mrs Payne about them.

    Mr. Humphries reviews his favourite book…

    When I’m asked what my favourite book is, I usually reply, “I haven’t written it yet.” After my quizzing students have rolled their eyes and asked me again, I have to say that I don’t have one. But I pick one that in that very moment, takes me to a happy place, a warm fuzzy memory of literary bliss.


    Today, my favourite book is A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. This novel tells the story of Count Alexander Rostov, who in 1922 is sentenced to a lifetime under house arrest at the Hotel Metropol in, as one might guess, Moscow. A book about an old posh bloke stuck in a hotel for the rest of his life might not sound too exciting, but I promise you it is a glorious journey full of adventure, tribulations and humour. I love it.

    I love it so much that I created a whole English Language exam centred on a particular aspect where The Count meticulously makes a cup of coffee - the language is as rich and sublime as the caffeinated elixir itself. I found a copy in a second hand book shop recently and forced Mrs Jones to part with 50p and buy it. But if she hadn’t, I’d have snapped it up. I read this book on the Kindle originally, but I have an urge for a physical copy to build a shrine around in my home.

    I urge you to read it and let me know what you think?


    Day of the Seafarer

    All-a-board, as we celebrate the Day of the Seafarer! This is a special day for seafarers of all stripes, Coast Guards, Navies, marine biologists, fishermen and ship captains who have dedicated their work and lives to the ocean. The first documented sea voyage was made around 3200 BCE, and was bankrolled by the Egyptian Pharaoh Snefru (he also built at least three pyramids during his reign). Today, over 90% of global trade is done by sea, as it is still the most cost-effective way to transport goods. International Maritime Organisation have put together a great little video about it, together with some information about the day:


    In our library we have some great books with nautical theme that have washed up onto our shelves: Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk; Deep-Sea Duke by Lauren James; And the Ocean was our Sky by Patrick Ness, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne.


    Classic Graphic Novel Collection

    Have you ever wanted to read a classic novel but never quite picked one or maybe you fancy a quick read recap?  These classic titles told in a graphic novel style are brand new to our Library; visually compelling and with an instant connection to the characters, you’ll absorb them in no time!

    Titles include: The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens; The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde by ; The Three Musketeers by; Dracula by Bram Stroker and Frankenstein by Mary Shelly.


    HEY YA!

    The HEY YA podcast has just be launched to boost the marvellous world of young adult (YA) literature. Check out this link for some compelling stories from old favourite classics to the latest on-screen novel adaptations.



  • SGS Library Blog - May 2022

    date posted: Friday 13 May 2022


    Our Library is bursting with colour this May with books aplenty and The Queen’s Platinum jubilee celebrations galore.

    First up, feast your eyes on these new titles ready to be picked by you: Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy; Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town by Bonnie-sue Hitchcock; A wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher; October, October by Katya Balen; The Magicians Guild by Trudi Canavan; Tsunami Girl by Julian Sedgwick.

    We also have some great new Non-fiction books this May, check out their section numbers in brackets to find them on the shelf: Double Cross by Ben Macintyre (940.53); Cogs and Monsters by Diane Coyle (330); What we Owe each other by Minouche Shafik (330).


    Platinum Jubilee Celebrations
    Swing into the Library

    On 6th February 2022, Her Majesty the Queen became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking her 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth.

    Next week is half term and we celebrate the Queen’s unprecedented anniversary with a four day UK bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June.  If you are looking for a Royal book over the half term break, we have the new Michael Morporgo book, ‘There once was a Queen.’ Alternatively, log into your SORA account and type in
    “Queen Elizabeth” in the search box, to read more about our longest reigning Monarch.

    You may even like to try the winning platinum pudding recipe whilst reading – check out winner Jemma’s Lemon Swiss roll & Amaretti trifle:  www.fortnumandmason.com/platinum-pudding-winner


    National Smile Month
    16th – 15th June 2022

    Get your gleaming teeth on show as it’s officially National Smile Month and it’s a great time to do things that make you smile!  Here are some reads to help you spread the happiness even further!  The Girl who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson; Teeth, A Very Short Introduction by Peter S Ungar; Into the Sideways World by Ross Welford.

    Mental Health Week 2022

    As a school we raise awareness of mental health not just during Mental Health week but all year round.  Sometimes life can feel overwhelming leaving you feeling anxious and unsettled, maybe you are a young Carer at home or you are struggling with negative thoughts?  You are not alone, come and speak to a member of staff if you are worried.  In the Library we have some great books for teenagers on looking after your mental health: The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens by Jennifer Shannon; Mind your Head by Juno Dawson; Blame my Brain by Nicola Morgan.       


    Sports Book Awards Shortlist 2022

    On your marks, get set….. go! The Daily Telegraph, in association with the National Literacy Trust, have announced the Sports Book Awards Children’s shortlist 2022.  The Shortlist has smashed the back of the net with some great reads.

    Vote for your favourite by telling us via email: library@suttongrammar.sutton.sch.uk
    We’ll be buying a couple of the most popular suggestions after half term.

    We spotted, Marcus Rashford’s, You are the Champion by Cart Anka
    is on the shortlist and available on SORA now.  It is also available in the library to borrow.

    Sports books that might catch your eye in our library are: Running Anatomy by Joe Puleo & Dr Patrick Milroy; Football School by Alex Bellos & Ben Lyttleton; Flaming Olympics by Michael Coleman and Graphic Novel, Spotlight Striker by Hoena/Sandoval

    SORA also has some great and continually updated books to read, type in ‘Sports’ in the search box and take a look.

    Author Mal Peet has written a series of football books for footie fans, all available on SORA:
    Keeper Haunted by the Spirit of the Game, Penalty Possessed, Evils, Past and Exposure Nothing Falls as far as a Star.


    Design a Book Cover Competition
    is launched

    Do some book covers leave you yawning? Well, it’s time to unleash your creative ideas to design a new, modern and more appealing book cover for one of the following popular titles: Born to Run by Christopher McDougall; Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll; Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens and Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare.

    We look forward to seeing your book cover ideas, you can use any medium you like and remember the more whacky the better, let your imagination run wild! The Competition is open to Years 7, 8, 9 and 10.  The deadline for entries is Friday 10th June, either email them to Ms Taylor and Mrs Payne (library@suttongrammar.sutton.sch.uk) or bring them into the library. Don't forget to put your name and form on your entry.
    Good Luck!


    Whoaaaa Breaking News….

    Our library has some brilliant new comics and graphic novels on the shelves for fans on this popular growing genre.  New titles include:  The Giver by Lois Lowry; The Recruit by Robert Muchamore; Fence by CS Pacat and in Comics: The Amazing Spiderman; Star Wars High Republic; Spy Family by Tatsuya Endo.

    Remember Year 8 Comic Club runs throughout the Summer Term on Mondays, period 7, 14.50 – 15.35.  This term we will be looking at Comic characters and devising our own Comic Strips.


    One Step Closer to Dickens

    Ever wondered how if Charles Dickens was a Dickensian superhero or if he wrote under a pseudonym?  Learn more about literary legend with these fascinating facts:

    “Please sir, I want some more.”

    We have plenty more Dickens to fill your book appetite: Dombey and Son; Great Expectations; Bleak House are a few of the many Dickens titles we have in our school library.  Available on SORA are more titles: Bleak House; Oliver Twist; Hard Times; Nicholas Nickleby.

    On audio SORA books: A Tale of two cities and A Christmas Carol


    Westminster tube gets a splash of
    African colour

    The Westminster tube station has undergone a makeover and now Larry Achiampong’s artwork stands in the middle, blessing everybody’s eyes as they walk through. The traditional red and blue original tube roundel has been replaced with red, black and green or also known as Pan African colours. This was first introduced in 1920 by Marcus Garvey and now are shown on the Pan-African flag which also represents Pan-Africanism.

    The red, black and green reflects the land and the struggles that the African continent had to experience. The yellow/gold represents prosperity and a new day. And the 54 starts that are set out on the edge of the roundel represents each of the 54 continents of the African continent joining together. This artwork brightens up the bleak, concrete wall that was originally there. Larry Achiampong is a British Ghanaian artist whose work includes sculptural installation, photographic and painted collage and audio and visual archives.

    Check out these three books by African heritage authors that are in our school library now: Things Fall apart by Chinua Achebe; Booked by Kwane Alexander and Clean Getaway by Nic Stone.
    This article was written by a year 10 work experience student.


    What Comes Next?

    Have you ever wondered when reading a really good book “What comes next?”  Well, “Children’s Book Sequels” are here to help, simply follow the link below to discover your next great read!
    Did you Know? You can search for books quickly on your School Reading Cloud?



    Best Books for Children from the last
    100 years!

    Renowned charity the BookTrust has compiled a list of the best Children’s books in the last 100 years, which they are calling “The ultimate booklist to read before you’re 14.”  How many have you read?  Why not take their quiz and test your knowledge of the books you’ve read.


    To go directly to the KS3 books which made the top 12!

    A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness; Liccle Bit by Alex Wheatle are both in our library and available on SORA, The Owl Service by Alan Garner.


    Searching for a New Book?

    Check out the BookTrust Bookfinder, in two easy steps you’ll soon be browsing books galore:

    Step 1: Choose an age/stage
    Step 2: Choose a type of book

    We have many of the titles in our school library and Sora, so log on the Reading Cloud/Sora to see what is available.


    Sutton Library Podcast

    Sutton Library has a variety of library talks available on podcasts from Sutton Cultural Services, tune in via Spotify to listen and find out more.


    The Hay Festival
    26th May – 5th June

    Hay Festival is one of the worlds’ leading art and literature festivals, bringing readers and writers together to share stories and inspire ideas in events live and online. Nobel Prizewinners and novelists, scientists and politicians, historians, environmentalists and musicians take part in the Festival’s global conversation, sharing the latest thinking in the arts and sciences with curious audiences.

    Although there is a charge for entry (including bookable in advance events) to the Hay Festival, they have some free online catch up events on their ‘Hay Player’ from authors such as Robert Muchamore, Emma Carroll, Frank Cottrell-Boyce and many more…
    Listen and watch writers and thinkers from Hay Festivals around the world - Hay Player Audio & Video


    Yoto Carnegie & Greenaway Awards
    Streaming Live in our Library 

    On Thursday 16th June starting at 12pm, we will be streaming the Yoto Carnegie & Greenaway awards ceremony live in the Library on our new big screen.  Come along at lunchtime and find out which book is 2022 winner.


    The Patron of the Bread Thief

    Author Lindsay Eagar talks about her new book “The Patron of the Bread Thief,” which is released this month for KS3 readers. 
    The book tells the heart-warming story of a group of orphaned street urchins who having been stealing bread and pick-pocketing
    money to survive on the streets. 

    The group decide to put their youngest thief, Duck, into an apprenticeship with a local baker to steal bread for them but Duck starts to question where her loyalties lie with her group of thieves or with the Baker who has given her a chance.

    Click on the link below to hear more about the story in the author's own words.



    Overheard in the Library


    The Typewriter Artist Whose Pictures Paint a Thousand Words!

    Once upon a time a typewriter was used to write letters, manuscripts, plays and books before word processors and computers were invented.  Now, artist James Cook with his collection of 40 typewriters has produced another innovative use for them…. Art!  Cook whose unique ‘typewriter art’ caught media attention recently with his original and stunning pictures of famous faces and places made up entirely of typewriter characters.  His projects include “London Skyline, 01, 02 and Docklands,” a portrait of Doctor Who actor “Tom Baker,” and the Academy Award winning actor, “Tom Hanks.”


    With plans for a Summer Exhibition of Cook’s drawings on the horizon, click on the link below to see Cook’s work in action:


    Free Half Term Activities

    Dippy Returns: The nation’s favourite dinosaur
    27th May – December 2022
    Dippy was the first Diplodocus to go on display anywhere in the world when it was gifted to the Natural History Museum in 1905. Dippy has since become a prehistoric celebrity and has a special place in many people’s hearts and imaginations. Dippy left the Museum in 2017 to complete a tour of the UK, throughout the journey, he has witnessed the changing state of nature and how the UK's biodiversity is in sharp decline. Experience Dippy's memories of nature and the important messages he has brought home with him for yourself.
    Where: National History Museum, Cromwell Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 5BD

    Royal Society of Portraits Annual Exhibition Virtual Tour
    Check out this great virtual exhibition from your phone or tablet, there are some wonderful paintings of The Queen.

    Wandle Trail
    9mile walk starting from Carshalton Ponds, Carshalton
    Open all year round
    The river Wandle itself is a tributary of the river Thames consisting of miles of rich chalk stream habitat. In the Wandle’s industrial past, it was considered to be the ‘hardest working river in London,’ with over 90 mills along it’s banks throughout time. The walk or cycle the route and check out some of the highlights on the way: Carshalton Water Tower, Wilderness Island, Deen City farm and Morden Hall Parks.
    Where: Carshalton Ponds, 2 High St, Carshalton SM5 3PE

    For Platinum Jubilee events near you check out the link below:
    Events – The Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022


    Activities in Half Term with an Entry Fee

    The power of the superbees
    28th May – 5th June 2022
    10am – 5pm daily

    £17.55 adult/£8.75 child/Under 5’s Free

    Come and visit Wisley’s favourite hive of activity by celebrating everything about bees. Take a closer look at these pollinators by joining in with  interactive workshops, planting and bee spotting and much more.
    Where: RHS Wisley, Wisley Lane, Wisley, Surrey GU23 6QB

    Wildlife Photographer of the Year
    Finishes 5th June 2022
    £15.50 adult/£9.25 child/Under 3's Free
    Experience incredible close up photography of wildlife and nature by photographers and young photographers worldwide.
    Where: National History Museum, Cromwell Rd, South Kensington, London

    The Household Cavalry Museum
    April – October 2022
    10am -5pm Wednesday to Sunday
    Adults £9.50/Child £7.50

    The Household Cavalry Museum tells the story of the history and work that goes into the ceremonial and armoured reconnaissance role of HM The Queen’s Mounted Bodyguard.  Platinum Jubilee celebrations will also add to your experience of the museum and starting this Summer the museum has a new exhibition “Falklands at 40,” with some interesting artefacts from the 1982 conflict
    Where: The Household Cavalry Museum, Horse Guards, Whitehall, London SW1A 2AX

  • SGS Library Mini Blog - April 2022

    date posted: Thursday 28 Apr 2022

    Welcome back to the Summer term

    We hope you enjoyed some good reads over the Easter Holidays?  We would love to hear about any books you have read, you could either write a review on the ‘Reading Cloud’ to share with our school community or email us: library@suttongrammar.sutton.sch.uk.

    Come and see the range of new books that are just in ready for you to read this half term: Heroes of Olympus book 3 by Rick Riordan; Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas; Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder.

    Delight in these new copies of classic books in our library: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, A Stage Full of Shakespeare Stories (No: 822.33 Main Library)

    Check out these dynamic non-fiction books: Weird Maths by David Darling & Agnijo Banerjee, Alexander the Great by Dominic Sandbrook and Why is Art full of Naked People? By Susie Hodge.


    Dorling Kindersley Books Galore

    We have a broad selection of Dorling Kindersely books available for you to read at your leisure to give a great insight into Science, Ecology, Biology, Medicine and How the Body works.  These informative books are a great first stop for learning subject specific vocabulary, fascinating facts and with eye-catching illustrations will surely have you coming back for more!

    “Until the End”

    Skulduggery Pleasant author Derek Landy, keeps the suspense up with his latest book in the series in an interview with Damian Keller,
    click on the link to read more….



    ?? Think SORA ??

    Did you Know?  Sora has over 2000 Young Adult Ebooks?  Which expands our school library service to you.

    Did you know?  Sora has over 80 audio books for you to listen to.

    Did you know?  You can take Sora with you anywhere with Wi-Fi, giving you instant access to books on the go!

    Sutton Grammar has a SORA account, it is by far our biggest external online resource for Reading in your school.  Whatever book titles you enjoy or if you just fancy viewing a few pages whilst on the go, take a look, it’s a library right at your fingertips, so with parental permission download it on your smartphone and get started today.


    Jhalak Children’s & YA Prize

    The Jhalak Children’s & YA Prize was founded in 2020, Jhalak, meaning "Glimpse," seeks to celebrate books by British/British resident BAME writers. Check out the shortlist of books for the Jhalak Children’s & YA Prize.


    In addition you might like to read all about the talented authors who have been selected to be this year’s judges:

    Our Judges | Jhalak Prize


    British Library provides a host of resources

    The British Library is ahead of the curve this month with a great selection of resources aimed to extend and support your GCSE English and History subjects. There is a wide variety of expert articles, quality primary sources and short films to enrich your knowledge. 
    Click on the link below to find out more:

    www.bl.uk/learning/online-resources GCSE_Schools_2022


    Year 8 Comic club

    Last term we learnt about the different comic genres and how they have influenced reading through style, pictures and language.  Five of our Comic Club members produced their first Year 8 Comic book which was pumped full of creative comic strips designed by Year 8.

    This term we welcome new members; there are lots of Comic books to read, brainstorming of ideas and obligatory biscuits (which always hit the spot) with plenty of fun all rolled into one.

    Comic Club runs on Mondays (excluding Bank Holidays) for Year 8 students, 14.50 – 15.35pm.  Come and see Mrs Taylor or Mrs Payne in the library if you would like to join, or just turn up on the day!


    Saturday 7th May is Free Comic Book Day and there is plenty going on, take a look at the link below:

    Coming Soon….. Design a Book Cover Competition, details to be released this term!