“When in doubt go to the library”. Hermione Granger

The John Roan School has two well-stocked libraries that cater for all year groups. The libraries stock a wide range of fiction and non-fiction materials giving our students the opportunity to read for pleasure and have the resources needed to complete coursework and homework.

Both libraries run a packed schedule of fun-filled reading based events to inspire our students. In the past academic year the libraries have celebrated National Poetry Day with a Poetry Party, and held Library Taskmaster and Hunger Games events. The libraries have lots of new fun activities planned throughout the year including events for Halloween and World Book Day.

The John Roan libraries also organise regular author visits, and in the past year we have an inspirational visits from Matt Dickinson, Philip Womack, Ruth Eastham and many more… Author visits are a wonderful opportunity for the students to meet a published author, listen to them speak and work with them in creative writing workshops.

Maze Hill Library
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The Maze Hill library was recently refurbished and is open before school, every break and every lunchtime, and many of our pupils enjoy the opportunity to relax in pleasant surroundings.  The students can use our computers for homework or revision, play board games, catch up on the news, or borrow books. Maze Hill also offers a host of lunchtime activities including: Harry Potter Night, Non-fiction Taskmaster and Murder in the Library. After school there is a daily Achievement Club to provide students with additional support with their homework.

MONDAY: 8:00 – 3:45

TUESDAY: 8:00 – 3:45

WEDNESDAY: 8:00 – 3:45

THURSDAY: 8:00 – 3:45

FRIDAY: 8:00 – 3:45

Westcombe Park Library
Westcombe Park Library

The Westcombe Park library opens before school, and at break and lunchtime to allow our KS4 students the opportunity to study for their GCSEs modern surroundings – the students can use one of the networked computers, catch up on the news in the papers or borrow books. There is a wide selection of magazines and study guides for students, as well as the opportunity to do Zen colouring when they need a break from studying.

MONDAY: 8:00-2:00

TUESDAY: 8:00-2:00

WEDNESDAY: 8:00-2:00

THURSDAY: 8:00-2:00

FRIDAY: 8:00-2:00



The library host a wide selection of clubs including:

Movie Mondays at Maze Hill

The JR Book Group at Maze Hill

Creative Writing Club at Maze Hill

Chess Club at Westcombe Park

Scramble Club at Westcombe Park



The libraries have their own twitter feed (we’re JR Library on twitter) why not follow us and get the latest reading news, and find out about all the latest library events happening in school. We’ll also be tweeting daily inspirational quotes and recommendations reads.


Library Events 2019-2020

Autumn Term

Roald Dahl Spelling Bee

National Poetry Day Anniversary Party  

Books with Bite Halloween Party              

National Non-Fiction – TASKMASTER      

Christmas Jackanory      


Spring term

Wimpy Kid Event             

Harry Potter Night          

Choose Your Own Adventure Live

World Book Day

Harry Potter Potions Party

The Library Easter Egg Hunt


Summer term

World Book Night Event

Share a Story Month Jackanory 

Murder in the Library    

Euro 2020 Event              

The Reading Olympics

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