We believe that reading is a fundamental aspect of the curriculum and our beautiful Library encourages girls to read for pleasure and expand their vocabulary throughout their time at Sarum Hall.

The ability to understand and apply text underpins our educational provision and therefore reading is an essential and integral part of daily life in school. A rich vocabulary enables children to communicate both verbally and in writing across a broad curriculum representing a full range of subjects.

Reading plays a fundamental role in enabling pupils to gain access to areas of knowledge and information. Success in reading has a direct effect on the progress made in most areas of the curriculum. We aim to enable and encourage our pupils to read across the curriculum with fluency, accuracy, understanding and enjoyment so that they may become independent learners.

An essential part of the English teaching and learning curriculum is centred around each pupil’s ability to read. To this end, opportunities for pupils to be heard reading aloud have been built into the English curriculum in the form of weekly class reader sessions and a ‘D.E.A.R’ (Drop Everything and Read) initiative at KS2.

Our warm and welcoming library is a pleasant working environment where pupils’ learning is supported and where their knowledge may be furthered and extended.

It is also a place where our pupils can relax, read and borrow books during their break times. The library resources encourage pupils to research information and help engender a love of reading.

The large fiction section is constantly updated with a continuous flow of new books alongside well-loved classics. Our non-fiction books cover subjects taught throughout the school, as well as leisure or outside interests.

The library is open each morning break time when girls have the opportunity to select new books to take home. Librarians from Years 5 and 6 work alongside parent helpers to advise and assist the younger girls.

The library supports World Book Day and Book Week through a variety of activities, such as an inter house book quiz, dressing up as favourite book characters, sharing favourite books designing bookmarks and writing book reviews. Our girls are introduced to new literature and there is an opportunity to purchase books on the day.

“Why did we choose Sarum Hall? Its reputation and our observations on the school’s value system and pastoral care, and how they raise the girls in addition to educating them. Also their commitment to music, the arts and extra-curricular activities.”

Sarum Hall School parent

“I think she is being extremely well taught in a very nurturing environment.”


Sarum Hall parent

“My daughter is happy and enjoys her school experience immensely. She often surprises us with the breadth of her knowledge.”

Sarum Hall parent