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St Cuthbert's - Catholic High School

A Catholic education for boys of all faiths and none

Offering an alternative vision of education since 1881

Reading & the Library

Reading & the Library

Reading is a skill that many of us may take for granted. However, reading is a skill that is essential for being able to get on in life. Reading is a gateway subject. Reading makes success in other subjects possible.  

Reading is, therefore, important to future success. At St Cuthbert’s we believe that, "if you are going to get anywhere in life, you have to read a lot of books." (Roald Dahl) and that "books are a uniquely portable magic." (Stephen King)

As your son grows up, being able to read well not only enables him to discover new facts and to learn at school, but also opens him up to a world of new ideas, stories, and opportunities.

Research shows that children who read for pleasure are more likely to achieve highly in academic subjects and beyond. St Cuthbert’s is committed to ensuring that all pupils become independent and fluent readers, building on the skills learnt at primary school and at home.

We work to help our boys lose themselves in books, to help them expand their vocabulary and improve their memory. We work to ensure that reading will fire their imagination and let them “travel without moving their feet” (Jhumpa Lahiri).  We have a passion for teaching our pupils to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted by it. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.

Staff in character for World Book Day

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.

George R.R. Martin, - Reading

Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.

Jim Rohn, -

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.

Margaret Fuller, - Reading

If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, -

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.

Dr Seuss, -

There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island.

Walt Disney, -

Our school library is in the Canon Cassidy Centre. 

The library is a new and fantastic resource centre with a collection of fiction and nonfiction books, eBooks and audiobooks, comics, graphic novels, magazines, and laptops for pupil use. You can search our entire library collection here

It is staffed by a full-time qualified librarian who is available to help with reading development, research, and homework. It also hosts our daily Chess Club. 

Library Policy and User Guide

Accessing ebooks and audio books

EBooks and Audiobooks: These are can accessed through the library website: or

There are thousands of options to enjoy anywhere, anytime.

Login with your school email:

Username: [email protected]

Password: scchsreads

Download the ePlatform app! Available on Apple, Google Play, or Window.

Kitchen Staff cook up a literary feast on World Book Day

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0191 274 4510

St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School, Gretna Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 7PX

Bishop Bewick

Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust

St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School is a proud member of the Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust. The Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales. Company Registration No. 7841435.


0191 274 4510

St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School, Gretna Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 7PX