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 2022 - January

    date posted: Wednesday 12 Jan 2022

    Happy New year from the SGS Library! As we leap into the spring term we have some exciting books to kick off January.

    Did you get some new books for Christmas? Please review them on Reading Cloud via the review section or email us your written review:


    We have some super new reads which have landed in the library.  Check out these titles: Guinness book of Records 2022; Behave by Robert Sapolsky; Memory Thieves by Darren Simpson; Luck Uglies by Paul Durham; The End of Everything by Katie Mack; Brisinger by Christopher Padini and from the acclaimed American writer Mitch Albom, Stranger in the life boat.

    Graphic Novel Club for year 8

    Starting in January the Library will be launching our new Graphic Novel club for year 8 students.  Using the exciting genre of Graphic Novels and Comic book styles, we will explore and learn all about this popular and unique way of storytelling.  We will even produce our own Graphic Novels.  Interested….? Come and join our great new club, on Monday 17th January, period 7, 14.50 – 15.35pm

    Check out graphic novels on Sora, they have a huge selection for any fan or perhaps you would just like to have a browse and try something different.

    English Language KS3 / KS4: Comic strips and graphic novels - BBC Teach

    Exploring diversity in comic books

    There has been some debate in recent years whether Comic book superheros are diverse enough?  Marvel, the US Comic book creators tackled this issue with the creation of their character Riri Williams, a 15 year old black girl who becomes ‘Ironheart.’ 

    Writer, Brian Michael Bendis, who spent time writing in troubled Chicago, USA, was struck by the issues the city faced with street violence.  He went on to create the character, Riri, an engineering student living in Chicago with her mother following the death of her father.  Riri is a super genius and creates a suit of armour similar to Iron man with which she uses to prevent crime. Tony Stark, Ironman, hears of her heroic acts and helps her to become a super heroin ‘Ironheart.’  Riri really is a unique and modern superhero!

    If you are a comic book fan you may have heard of “Sandman” by Neil Gaimen.  His collection of award-winning graphic novels is dark and combines modern myth and fantasy, in which historical drama, contemporary fiction and legend are intermixed. Once you start you’ll be instantly hooked!


    Why not check out some other novels by this no.1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman: Norse Mythology, Coraline, Good Omens (written with Terry Pratchett, available on Sora) and The Ocean at the End of the Lane, which is currently showing as a West End stage production, at the Duke of York theatre, London.


    Holocaust Memorial Day 27th January 2020

    On 27th January we mark the anniversary of the liberation of the largest Nazi death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, 77 years ago. We remember on this day the over one million people who lost their lives and witnessed the horrors of concentration camps.  Look out for author, Tom Palmer's book, After The War, which follows children liberated from concentration camps arriving in the Lake District.

    You might like to explore some other book titles along a holocaust theme by searching on Sora and typing in ‘Holocaust.’

    Alternatively we have a great range in the school library: The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman; The Diary of Anne Frank; The Tattooist of Auschwitz and Cilka’s Story by Heather Norris; The Last Checkmate by Gabriella Saab; Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe.  


    National Story telling week
    30th January – 6rd February 2022

    National Story telling week is a chance to promote and encourage storytelling.  Perhaps we remember an adult or teacher reading to us in our primary school.  The truth is, we all enjoy a good story whether it is one that is read to us, one that is relayed by a friend, listened to in an audio book, podcast or Youtube.  It is also a great time to think about writing your own story. Authors: Jamila Gavin, Keith Gray, Jacqueline Wilson, David Almond and Malorie Blackman share their writing secrets with Anthony Horowitz and explores their passion for the writing, the spoken word and the importance of reading aloud.

    English Language KS3 / KS4: What makes good story writing? - BBC Teach


    Restored Big Ben rings out for 2022

    On New Year’s Eve, people heard the sounds of Big Ben ring out for the first time since 2017.  The iconic London landmark had been undergoing restoration and was finally unveiled for all to see with its revered chimes.

    It got us thinking about some book titles with a London theme, here are some you might like to look at: The London Eye Mystery by Dowd Siobhan; The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens; The Left-handed booksellers of London by Garth Nix; Framed by Frank Cottrel-Boyce.

    Buckingham Palace unveils the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee plans

    Puddings, parties, parades and pageants

    On 6th February the Queen will make history by becoming the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum jubilee, marking her 70 years reign on the throne. Renowned author, Sir Michael Morpurgo, has written a fairy story titled “There once is a Queen,” to embrace the creative talents and the arts from every part of nation.

    Her majesty’s celebration plans have recently been made public with “puddings, parties, parades and pageants,” being the order of the four day UK bank holiday weekend 2nd – 5th June 2022.

    Pudding Competition

    A pudding competition has been launched for the general public to enter their best recipe for a Platinum pudding.  All entries will be judged by Dame Mary Berry; Great British Bake off star, Liam Charles; Masterchef’s, Monica Galetti.  Much like the Coronation Chicken recipe which was created for the Queen’s Coronation, the Platinum pudding is set to become just as iconic.

    Calling all Sutton Grammar budding bakers

    If you are an amateur baker with a great idea for a pudding fit for our Queen? Why not give it a go by submitting a recipe via Fortnum & Mason’s website:


    Here are a few books that have inspired us in the library to get some ideas brewing:

    The Mad Hatters tea party, Alice in Wonderland,
    by Lewis Carroll;
    Growing your own food, The Martian by Andy Weir;
    Professor Dumbledore’s quote: “Let the feast….begin,”
    The banquet at Hogwarts, Harry Potter,
    The Philosophers Stone
    by JK Rowling,
    Gooseberry Foyle (gooseberry Fool), Falstaff,
    Henry IV Part II by Shakespeare;
    Wonderful melt in the mouth chocolate, Chocolat
    by Joanne Harris.

    We also have some super cook books in the library for you to browse for ideas our ref: 641. We liked Monet’s Cookery Notebooks by Claire Joyles and 20-Minute Cookbook by Steven Wheeler.


    Check out’s:


    British politics and leadership – free book and e-book offer

    A downloaded PDF version of this book is available in the Library folder on the 'P' drive.


    Quentin Blake’s story comes to life

    Much loved illustrator and author Quentin Blake made a wonderful appearance over the Christmas holidays in a television programme called “Quentin Blake – The drawing of my life.” The show talks about Blake’s passion for drawing from a young age to working with authors David Walliams, Roald Dahl, poet Michael Rosen and his work in French novels, such as, Candide Ou L’optmise by Voltaire, to note.  Blake has illustrated 500 books, his appealing and unprohibited work will be at the centre of a new gallery devoted to illustration opening in London 2022.



    Reading lists reminder

    We have reading lists available on the P drive in the Library folder including a Black lives matter reading list.


    Don’t forget your reading passports

    10 books Bronze

    20 books Silver

    30 books Gold Awards


    Well Done to our winning students!

    Congratulations to Eric, Ezra and Raadin, Y7; Ludwick, Y8; Christian, Y9, the top Lower School Library book borrowers last term. All have received a book prize from the Library.

    Congratulations also to 7L who once again were the winners in the Library Christmas Quiz by submitting the most correct entries.


    Overheard in the library!

    Iron –on! Recently in the news a man claimed to still be using the same Iron that was given to him by his Grandmother who originally bought it in the 1940’s!  It got us thinking about appliances that we have around the house today which have revolutionised our day to day existence.  The book “Fifty things that have made the modern economy,” by Tim Harford, is an excellence read which you will find in our economics section in the library.


  • SGS Library Blog – November & December

    date posted: Monday 29 Nov 2021



    Welcome to your bumper November/December edition of the Library Blog! As there are only a few weeks left of the autumn term we decided to bring you the December edition early with notification of a couple of exciting events in the Library and a round-up of news and interesting book related events that took place in November.


    Coming up in December…………………………

    From the 1st of December

    Y7 students help decorate our “Favourite book” Christmas tree 2021!

    The SGS Library would like you to decorate our Christmas tree full of your favourite book titles! It can be a book that you have always loved reading or a great new discovery that you’d like to share with your peers.

    Simply grab a decoration from your form tutor, write on it the book title and author. If you wish to colour in your tag with your own design – that would be great too! Bring your decoration to the Library and receive a chocolate or bookmark! (While stocks last!)  Let’s fill our Christmas tree with books and cheer! 


    Last Two Weeks of Term

    Christmas Quiz for years 7-9

    Come into the Library and guess the book titles and authors from the book cover picture clues. Write your name along with your answers on the entry form and hand it to Mrs Taylor or Mrs Payne. All correct answers will be put into a hat for a prize draw at morning break on the last day of the autumn term. Three great prizes and an edible Form prize for the class with the most correct entries on the day of the draw. (Form prize usually won by 7L – just saying!!!!) 

    ‘You have to be in it to win it!!!!!!!’

    December is often one of the busiest months of the year when we think of Christmas celebrations, coming together of loved ones and families, present giving and of course a lot of food! 

    Let us also remember some of the perhaps forgotten things that inspire us during this chilly month:

    Winter Solstice occurs on Tuesday 21st December 2021.  In the Northern hemisphere this date marks the 24hour period with the fewest daylight hours of the year.  That is why we call it the shortest day of the year.  Here are few popular and obscure titles you might like to read over the Christmas break:

    Dark Solstice, Sam Llewllyn, The Dark is Rising sequence, Susan Cooper, The Snowman by Jo Nesbo (Definitely Upper School), A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, David Copperfield, Charles Dickens.

    We remember also, the anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela who died in December 2013 aged 95.  Mandela was a South Africian political leader who was the first president of South Africa 1994-1999.  He was the Country’s first black Head of State and his government focussed on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalised racism.

    Nelson Mandela’s legacy is a significant testament to the power of one man’s vision to change and liberate his people. He even faced physical imprisonment over his values and fight for equality.  Mandela remains one of the world’s greatest ever humanitarians.

    Among other significant humanitarians you might like to explore these books:

    ‘101 Amazing Nelson Mandela Facts’                              LLC on SORA

    ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ Nelson Mandela                        SGS/SORA

    ‘Oskar Schindler : The True Story of Schindler’s List’      SGS

    ‘I Am Gandhi’ Graphic biography                                     SORA


    This month's Top Tip for Sora is that if you can't decide what to read next, take a look at the curated lists from the Explore page https://soraapp.com/library/tlc These are regularly changed and currently include a list of 2021 Prizewinners and Climate Change in Fiction.


    November round-up!

    COP26 has dominated the headlines for the last few weeks and with this in mind the Library has been exploring lists of books on all things green. Whether you are interested in recycling, cleaner air, new types of energy or just prominent people in the news, there will be a book in the Library to further your knowledge and stimulate your interest.

    Just browse ‘Reading Cloud’ our Library catalogue to see what is on the Library shelves. Use the link on the Library page of the school website for quick access.

    Here are two new ‘Best Sellers’ in the Library this month.


    You can also use the link below to access Catalyst Magazine, Issue 39, a ‘Climate Change Special’. The magazine explores some of the deeper issues, questioning our understanding and delving into solutions. This edition considers the complex relationship between our oceans and the weather,and how air pollution isn’t always from the obvious sources 


    Continuing the theme of Climate Change Allison Hirschlag has written an interesting article for the BBC explaining why boosting worldwide shark populations could make the oceans more resilient to climate change.

    Click here

    (Image credit: Getty Images)


    Armistice Day was celebrated in school on the 11th November with a whole school assembly on Teams.

    This anniversary is used to remember all the people who have died in wars since WWI including WWII, the Falklands War, the Gulf War and conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    The Poppy is the symbol used as a lasting memorial of those who have died in battle.  The reason the poppy has become synonymous with Armistice Day was due to its ability to grow naturally in conditions of disturbed earth throughout Western Europe.  On the torn apart battlefields the “Scarlett corn poppies,” grew around the bodies of fallen soldiers, blood red in appearance, symbolising the blood that was spilled in WWI.

    The Royal British Legion adopted the Poppy symbol for its “Poppy Appeal” in 1921 and exists to support all those who serve or have served in the British Armed forces.​

    Both SORA and the school Library have a great collection of related reading material and you can search the catalogues for something to inspire you. On SORA search for the collection ‘Remembering with Red Poppies’!


    We are also waiting for delivery of ‘The Last Checkmate’ by Gabriella Saab.Set in WWII it tells the story of a young Polish resistance worker, imprisoned in Auschwitz as a political prisoner, who is forced to play chess in exchange for her life, and her fight to bring the man who destroyed her family to justice. A ‘must read’ for all the fans of ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’ or those who enjoyed watching ‘The Queen’s Gambit’. 


    Anti-Bullying week was celebrated during 15th-19th November this year and below are some thought provoking books you might like to read. They are available to borrow from the school Library or from SORA.

    If you are affected by any bullying related issues talk to a member of the ‘Safeguarding Team’. If you have heard any language in school that you are not comfortable with remember that you can report it using the link on the school website.



    The Costa Book Awards shortlist has just been announced. The category winners will be announced on Tuesday 4th January 2022. If you would like to read more details about each book go to the website. https://www.costa.co.uk/behind-the-beans/costa-book-awards/book-awards

    The Midnight Guardians’ is available to read on SORA right now!


    Reading Passport reminder!

    Calling all KS3 students – remember to record all the books that you read in your ‘Reading Passport’. For every 10 books read – bring your passport to the Library for verification and a Bronze/Silver/Gold stamp and be awarded an achievement point by Mrs Payne or Mrs Taylor!


    STOP PRESS!!!!! Look out for news of a new 'Graphics Novels' club starting in January!


    Lastly, the Library would like to wish all students and their families,

    a happy and peaceful Christmas holiday! 


    Whether you are a ‘veggie’ or not, this poem by the post war poet, Benjamin Zephaniah, tickled Mrs Taylor and Mrs Payne,

    we hope you like it too?

    Talking Turkeys

    Be nice to yu turkeys dis christmas 
    Cos' turkeys just wanna hav fun 
    Turkeys are cool, turkeys are wicked 
    An every turkey has a Mum. 
    Be nice to yu turkeys dis christmas, 
    Don't eat it, keep it alive,

    It could be yu mate, an not on your plate 
    Say, Yo! Turkey I'm on your side.

    I got lots of friends who are turkeys 
    An all of dem fear christmas time, 
    Dey wanna enjoy it, dey say humans destroyed it 
    An humans are out of dere mind, 
    Yeah, I got lots of friends who are turkeys 
    Dey all hav a right to a life, 
    Not to be caged up an genetically made up 
    By any farmer an his wife.

    Turkeys just wanna play reggae 
    Turkeys just wanna hip-hop 
    Can yu imagine a nice young turkey saying, 
    'I cannot wait for de chop', 
    Turkeys like getting presents, dey wanna watch christmas TV, 
    Turkeys hav brains an turkeys feel pain 
    In many ways like yu an me.

    I once knew a turkey called........ Turkey 
    He said "Benji explain to me please, 
    Who put de turkey in christmas 
    An what happens to christmas trees?", 
    I said "I am not too sure turkey 
    But it's nothing to do wid Christ Mass 
    Humans get greedy an waste more dan need be 
    An business men mek loadsa cash'.

    Be nice to yu turkey dis christmas 
    Invite dem indoors fe sum greens 
    Let dem eat cake an let dem partake 
    In a plate of organic grown beans, 
    Be nice to yu turkey dis christmas 
    An spare dem de cut of de knife, 
    Join Turkeys United an dey'll be delighted 
    An yu will mek new friends 'FOR LIFE'.



    Happy Reading!

  • SGS Library Blog – October 2021

    date posted: Friday 22 Oct 2021


    This term the Library blog will be monthly – here is a round-up of some of the interesting book related events and features that are on offer during October

    October is Black History Month

    To celebrate Black History Month, The Reading Agency https://readingagency.org.uk/ has produced a list of 86 brilliant books for children and young adults by Black authors and illustrators. The list is saved in pdf form in the BLM folder in the LIBRARY section on the ‘P’ drive.  It includes books for primary age which might be useful if you have younger siblings, but scroll further down for books with an older age group interest range. The BLM folder is also where you’ll find a number of lists of reading material available in the SGS Library, SORA and the British Libraries Consortium.


    The British Library also has some great resources including a ‘Black Literature Timeline’.




    Below, are two new books in the Library BLM collection for you to borrow!



    World Space Week is celebrated between 4-10 October each year. This year the theme is Women in Space. More information about women in space can be found on the NASA website. https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/news/whm-recent-female-astronauts

    There is also a new fantasy novel available in the Library written by British astronaut Tim Peake.



    October wouldn’t be complete without a mention of Halloween


    If you haven't logged on to Sora yet, here is a reminder of how to borrow library ebooks via the app. There is a link to the Sora app on the pupil page of the school website or at the top of the sidebar here on the library page.
    Download the Sora app or explore in browser https://soraapp.com
    Enter the setup code uksecondary and select Sutton Grammar School, sign in

    To browse READING CLOUD the Library catalogue, reserve books and write reviews, go to www.readingcloud.net  and sign in using your email.319 and your email password.

    If you are a Skulduggery Pleasant fan go to the website link below to meet Skulduggery Pleasant: Sorcerer, Detective, Dead - and other epic characters in Derek Landy's bestselling series...


     If you would like to win a complete set of the Skulduggery Pleasant books go to the BookTrust website. You need to be over 18 to enter so you will have to ask a parent or guardian to do this for you.



    https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/blog/collections/halloween-6101 also has a list for all ages of scary reads for Halloween – many of the books can be downloaded from SORA. Remember to you have to scroll down to near the end of the list for 11+ and YA book suggestions.



    New this term for all KS3 students is a ‘Reading Passport’ where you are able to record all the great books you have read. When you have read 10 books bring your ‘Passport’ to the Library for a validation stamp and be awarded an Achievement point.

    Some suggestions for half-term reading have been circulated to parents by email and can be found on the ‘P’drive in the Library folder.


    Anyone who would like to submit a book review or book related article for the October blog please send it to library@suttongrammar.sutton.sch.uk


    After half-term the Library will be open until 5.30pm every evening.


    Happy reading!