We are proud to say that Forest Hill is first and foremost a reading school.

Our School Librarian, Mrs Hans, is assisted by Mrs Gooding. Everybody associated with the school is encouraged to read and share their literacy experiences: students, staff and parents. Our Library sits at the heart of the school and everything it achieves.

Every pupil in Year 7 and Year 8 enjoys a supported library lesson in which to read, choose and discuss books.

Our Library Management System is available in school or from home, pupils and staff can review the books they have read and search for books and online resources.

Opening Hours Before school Lunchtime After School
Monday 8 – 8:15 am 1.05 – 1.30pm Homework Club – closes 3.30pm
Tuesday 8 – 8:25am 1.30 – 1:55pm Homework Club – closes 4pm
Wednesday 8 – 8:25am 1.30 – 1:55pm

Yr7 & 8 Reading Club

Homework Club – closes 4pm
Thursday 8 – 8:25am 1.30 – 1:55pm Homework Club – closes 4pm
Friday 8 – 8:25am 1.30 – 1:55pm

Chess Club

Library closes 3.30 pm

Reading Club for Years 7 and 8 meets every Wednesday lunchtime and is for everyone who enjoys reading – why not come along and try it?

Or, if you enjoy the challenge of chess try the Chess Club on Friday lunchtimes.

Homework Club is open to all students after school Monday to Thursday, with books, computers and staff available to assist if required.

Book Awards Worth Knowing About



Book Trust Book Awards

BookTrust is the UK’s largest children’s reading charity. Each year they reach 2.5 million children across the UK with books, resources and support to help develop a love of reading, because we know that reading can transform lives

To visit the Book Trust Book Awards site click here.

Here are links to more book awards we think are worth knowing about:

Carnegie Medal for Children’s Literature & Greenaway Medal for Best Children’s Picture Book

BookTrust Teenage Book Prize

Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize

Author Visits and Events


Penny Joelson

On 12th June author Penny Joelson spoke to our Year 8 and 9 students about her recently published book ‘I Have No Secrets’ which has been nominated to be included in the book list for the 2017 Lewisham Book Award (older category).

She led an interesting and thought provoking session examining how vulnerable voices can be represented in literature and society at large, as well as some fascinating insights into the process of how an author’s manuscript is transformed into a printed book. Several copies of her book are now available to borrow from the school library.


Tom Angleberger

Tom Angleberger, bestselling author and comic writer, will be talking to students about his Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy – Rocket and Groot series on Friday 26th May.

If you or a pupil would like to meet the author AND buy a signed book please come to the library after school on Friday. The books are £6.99 each, with a 15% staff discount.

Derek Landy

Derek Landy has sold more than 17 million books in 37 countries around the world with his internationally acclaimed Skulduggery Pleasant series. We at Forest Hill were lucky enough to welcome him on Friday 24th February.

Students collected their author visit slips and book order forms and took part in what became one of our most anticipated library events of the year!

Puffin Classics Club

Forest Hill School boys and Sydenham School girls came together this week in the Puffin Classics Club, with Puffin editor Alex AntScherl. This is a club that the school libraries have been running in partnership with Puffin for two years.

The students had all been given free copies of Beverley Naidoo’s The Other Side Of Truth to read and review. The Puffin team wanted to find out from the students their opinions of the story and characters, if this book counts as a classic in their eyes and if it is as relevant today as when it was written in 2000.

There was a lively discussion of the novel and the students did feel the book was still relevant and they related it to situations occurring today. The Other Side of Truth is a novel about Nigerian political refugees.

Caine Prize Library_Caineprizepublicity

We welcomed the Caine Prize for African Writing shortlisted writers who read from their stories and answered questions from year 9 and year 12 students, including some from Sydenham School.


Ambrose Merrell – 16 June 2016

Ambrose Merrell_Sword that saves How could an orphan living in Vancouver end up in 16th Century Japan, fighting against the terrifying forces of darkness in a battle to save the world? Author Ambrose Merrell gave his first ever school talk, meeting some Readers’ Club members and Year 8 classes.




Sara Grant – 9 May 2016

Sara Grant visitOur Key Stage 3 boys and some girls from Sydenham School enjoyed an excellent talk from Sara Grant about her new book, Chasing Danger, and the creative writing process.  All that attended will hopefully have been imbued with the desire to write their own masterpiece!

M.G. Leonard – 22 March 2016

MG Leonard

The whole of Year 7 enjoyed finding out about beetles as well as getting a glimpse into the pages ofBeetle Boy, the new novel by M.G. Leonard.  We also invited pupils from the nearby Adamsrill Primary School who were enthralled and asked great questions. Copies of Beetle Boy are available to borrow from the Library.




Poetry Jam
Fhs poetry jam July

protest poetry - FHS poetry jam

We hold Poetry Jam in the Library every half term where students and staff get together to share their experiences of poetry through readings and performance.  Click on the video for a flavour of the event, and maybe even get inspired to come up with your own contribution for the next Poetry Jam.

Our regular half termly Poetry Jam included the theme of Protest Poetry. Ms Iyeke’s class (H8F) performed some of their own pieces they had been working on in their English lessons.

We are proud of our budding poets and it proved to be a dynamic and entertaining session with a supportive and collaborative atmosphere!

Thanks to Ms Murphy (Eng. Dept.) for helping to lead the lunchtime session and to those who shared their work, including Mr Oche’s (P.E. dept) powerful and understated performance of his poems.

Library_Poetry Jam Dec 2014

Library_Poetry Jam Mar 2015

Scolastic Book Club
Our summer term Scholastic Book Club is up and running!

Go to to browse the latest books and order books online in time for the summer holidays.

For every £1 you spend on this term’s Book Club, our school will earn 20p in Scholastic Rewards to help us buy new library books.

Please place your order online by July 3rd, 2017.

Your books will be delivered to the school and given to your son.

(If you spend over £25 you can choose free delivery to your home.)