Spring Term 2022

New Year, New Read

Want to read more this year? We want to help!

Look out around school for our Resolution Read posters, which all feature the first few lines of a book from our library. If one catches your eye, why not visit us and take the book home? After all, you’ve already started it…

3 posters showing a book cover, the first few lines of the book, and the hashtag #youjuststartedthisbook.

The Sixth Form Pastoral Team Recommend

Your Sixth Form Pastoral Team love to read. We’ve started the year off with a display of some of our favourite books from the library, with a label saying who chose which. Want to know more about a particular book? We’re all ready to tell you about our pick!

Table display with books recommended by the Sixth Form team

Manga mania

We have recently started a manga section in the library, with the help of recommendations from some very enthusiastic students! So far we have Naruto volumes 1-9, Death Note volumes 1-5, Assassination Classroom volumes 1-5 and Solo Leveling volumes 1-3.

Our aim is to build up the collection over time so that we end up with a fantastic manga offer – watch this space.

Solo Leveling and Assassination Classroom manga

Trending from TikTok

We have some big fans of TikTok here at sixth form and more and more students are finding amazing reading recommendations from BookTokkers, which is brilliant. Check out Miss Hill’s poster for our top TikTok books right now, all available to borrow in the library.

We’ll be keeping an eye out for the next top reads, so watch this space – and let us know if you have any favourites!

Poster showing books trending on TikTok

Get involved with the Excelsior Award!

For the first time this year, the Sixth Form will be able to get involved with the Excelsior Award for graphic novels, which is awarded entirely based on student votes. There are 3 books to read and review in the 16-18 category: LGBTQ+ superhero comic Barbalien, French WWI story Swan Song: Part 1, and the non-fiction biography George Orwell.

I’m happy to say that librarians also get a vote – on the Judge A book By Its Cover Award – I can’t wait!

You can read more about the Excelsior Award and its aims here.

Picture of Barbalien, Swan Song and Orwell

Student book requests

In the library we love to receive student book recommendations and this term we have bought 20 books based on student requests. Keep them coming! Below are just a few from our shelves: the rest are out on loan. 🙂

Picture of 8 new books

World Book Day

For World Book day, Miss Thompson and Miss Hill aimed to bring a little Hogwarts magic to the library by dressing up as Ginny Weasley and Hermione Granger. Inspired by our recent reading of How to Break Up With Fast Fashion by Lauren Bravo and To Die For by Lucy Siegle, we made our costumes entirely out of clothes that we already had, and added home-made Griffyndor badges. A big thank you to Mr Righton who agreed to spend the day as Harry Potter!

Miss Hill, Mr Righton and Miss Thompson dressed up as Harry Potter characters

We had a fantastic time talking to students throughout the day about their all-time favourite books, from childhood onwards – here is what we created with all the input!

What’s your favourite genre?

We love hearing from the Sixth Form Pastoral team and here is what they have been saying about their favourite genres this month. What fascinated me was what a huge variety of likes and dislikes we had in only a small team! We will be doing a similar board in the future with student opinions, so come and see us and tell us about yours…

Speech bubbles explaining staff members' favourite genres.

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Bluecoat Sixth Form
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E-mail: BAAsixthform@bluecoat.uk.com
Tel: 0115 900 7215

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