Students can access a huge variety of resources in our TLC in the form of books, DVDs and digitally for all subjects and extra curricular interests.

TLC (School Library)

The Library at St Angela’s was completely remodelled in 2008 into a bright, spacious and well stocked Thinking and Learning Centre (TLC). The TLC provides a stimulating environment necessary to support a lively enquiring mind and is open throughout the day from 8am for students and staff to read, work and use the resources for research.

Staff work to underpin the school's philosophy of instilling in students a life-long love of learning by providing a comprehensive collection of educational and recreational multi-media materials to support the learning needs of all users and to encourage growth in knowledge through their use. There is a wealth of resources for students seeking to fulfil their potential through study and research.

Reading is at the heart of St Angela’s and as such the TLC is at the heart of the school. Throughout the year we work hard to create and foster a love of reading for pleasure through many activities, such as shadowing the Carnegie Book award, and a wide selection of books.

Students are privileged to have regular visits from authors throughout the year. They have been wowed by authors such as Cathy Hopkins, Cathy Cassidy, Chris Higgins, Julia Golding and Anne Cassidy as well as performing poets Adisa and Neal Zetter.

In what is fast becoming a tradition, we celebrate our love of reading by holding a Book Week; an opportunity for staff and students to celebrate our love of reading in fun ways through the school and in the curriculum. The highlight of the Book Week celebration is a very enjoyable Book Character Day when staff and students dress as a character from a book.

Online resources for help with homework and projects

The TLC subscribes to online encyclopedias, magazines and periodicals to give students access to checked, reliable and trusted sources of information, the ideal alternative to random internet searching. These sites can be either used in school or at home. You can logon to the site by using your St Angela’s computer logon or ask in the TLC. For help on using the sites please see staff in the TLC.

Britannica Encyclopedia Online is an essential homework helper designed to support learning in the classroom and at home. It’s a fact-checked source of information covering a wide range of subjects and includes biographies, atlases, videos and dictionaries. It's suitable for secondary and sixth form students with a personal workspace which allows you to write and store information that is of help or interest to you. You can switch between the secondary and the sixth form site or do a combined search by using the options at the bottom of the Britannica search page.
InfoTrac Student Edition is specifically designed for school, providing access to screened, age-appropriate content from over 1000 full-text curriculum and general interest magazines, newspapers and reference books.

Philip Allan Magazine offers access to 13 A-level and 2 GCSE titles. When searching on Philip Allan Journals please ensure “Limit to Full Text” is NOT selected, as this will exclude these journals.  You can only read full text for articles older than 365 days, but current journals are held in the Sixth Form resource centre.

Reading Activities


The TLC runs a number of reading activities over the year to promote and encourage reading for pleasure. For more details, reading lists and to join, speak to Mrs Bacon in the TLC.

Reading Angels
An award system to promote regular reading for the students. With three reading levels – Bronze, Silver and Gold, Reading Angels is suitable for both bookworms and reluctant readers as you decide what level you want to aim for during the academic year.

Reading Classics Challenge
You’ve read Jacqueline Wilson, all the Twilight books, Cathy Cassidy but now you are ready for something for challenging. Join the Reading Classics Challenge and find out what’s so good about Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre and all those old books your teachers go on about! We meet every fourth Friday in the TLC computer room 1.30pm-2.10pm. Bring your lunch.

Reading Clubs
Love reading? Join in with other like-minded girls for talks and activities on books and authors. The reading clubs are broken up into year groups with year 7 meeting every first Friday, year 8 every 2nd and years 9 and 10 every third Friday, 1.30pm-2.10pm in the TLC computer room. Bring your lunch.

Carnegie Children’s Book Award
Every summer students can shadow the prestigious book award for the best children’s books of the year alongside other children in Newham and nationally. Take up the challenge and read 6-8 books in 8 weeks! Write reviews, blogs and meet with other children in the borough to discuss the books.