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Bartholomew is full of avid readers and there is something for everyone in our fantastic Library!  The Library is open to staff and students during the school day, including break and lunchtimes.

It is used on a regular basis by the English Department for Library lessons. The Library has a fantastic collection of fiction and non-fiction books, graphic novels, magazines, DVDs available for hire and computers for use at break times. Students can borrow up to two books for a period of two weeks but these can be renewed up to three times. The Librarian is continually ordering new stock for the Library and welcomes suggestions from both staff and students.

The Library is used regularly at break times for reading groups, chess, quiet reading and homework. There is always something to get involved in as our Librarian, Mrs Miller, runs a number of events throughout the year including reading challenges, quizzes and competitions. Our reading groups follow numerous book awards including the Carnegie Medal and The Oxfordshire Book Awards, which involves lively discussions, lots of biscuits and live events! 

Years 7 - 9 Recommended Reading

These are books new to the Library within the last year. Books are divided into genre and a reading age recommendation is given for each book. A paper copy of the booklet is also available to browse in the Library.

Year 7 and 8 top ten reads Year 9 top ten reads
Year 7 & 8        Year 9

Recommended Reading Booklet

Read any of these fabulous books, submit a book review on Oliver and receive a well done card!

Oliver Online Library Catalogue

Please follow the link below to access Oliver, the online library catalogue. Use your Microsoft Outlook email and Google Classroom password to log in. If you have any difficulty logging in or have forgotten your password let Mrs Miller or your teacher know and they can help. 


Watch this short video to find out what you can do on Oliver and how it works. 

Oliver and how it works

Happy browsing! 


Students from each year group can apply to be a Library Ambassador. Being a Library Ambassador involves helping in the Library at break and lunchtimes, promoting the Library across the school and suggesting new ideas and initiatives to be run in the Library. The application process will begin in November 2022.


The PTA have helped raise funds for the new library and we would like to thank everyone involved, including local businesses and organisations who have made generous donations. We look forward to welcoming you to the new library the next time School is open to visitors.

Plans for the Library redesign are now finalised and the new Library will be installed over the summer holidays in time for the start of the academic year. Below is a graphic representation of the layout:

New library design


Having made it through the regional heats, our excellent team of students attended the National Reading Champions Quiz final in London. Out of 22 schools, we came in second place! It was a fantastic day of celebrating reading.


A Level Examination Results Summer 2022 Press Release
Posted on: 18/08/2022

A Level Examination Results Summer 2022 Press Release

Students produce excellent A Level and Level 3 BTEC results

This year’s cohort of students have successfully overcome the disruption and resulting challenges of the pandemic years to achieve unprecedented results in their exams.

Headteacher, Craig Thomas said:

“We are delighted with the excellent A Level and BTEC examination results that Bartholomew students have achieved. These are a reflection of their fantastic commitment and the high-quality teaching they have received.  All our students should be justifiably proud of their efforts through the most challenging of times. I am extremely proud of the staff and students at Bartholomew School. It is wonderful that their hard work and commitment has been rewarded in this way.”

119 students made a total of 348 A Level entries, with the following headline figures:

  • 42.2% of grades at A*- A
  • 72.4% of grades at A*- B
  • 92.8% of grades at A*- C
  • 100%  of grades at A*- E  

8 students made a total of 12 Level 3 BTEC entries, with the following headline figures:

  • 66.6% of grades at Distinction*
  • 75.0% of grades at Distinction* - Distinction
  • 100%  of grades at Distinction* - Merit

The success at Bartholomew School includes many exceptional individual performances with 26 students achieving three or more grade A*/A results at A Level and D* at BTEC.

We are delighted that our students will now be able to move on to their next stage, whether at university, apprenticeships or other pathways.

These excellent results reflect our dedication to nurture students at all levels of ability and reward them for their positive attitudes, hard work and resilience.

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