Reception: 01235 520173

Admissions: 01235 530593

Executive Assistant to the Headmistress: 01235 546502

Bursary: 01235 520657

Joint Bus Service: 01235 546565

St Helen and St Katharine, Faringdon Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1BE

How to find us

Jean Duffield Library


At the heart of the school the Jean Duffield Library provides access to twenty-two thousand printed volumes alongside a wide range of digital resources. The ground floor is a recreational reading zone bursting with contemporary and classic fiction titles, a popular graphic novel collection, journals, magazines and newspapers.

The first floor is a light and spacious area where over 80 students at time can quietly work surrounded by our large collection of non-fiction books covering a wide range of topics. Students can work individually at workstations, take a laptop to a study table or relax and read around their academic subjects and individual interests.

There are printing, copying and scanning facilities on both floors for staff and student use and a shop selling essential stationery Reading Cloud the library management system can be accessed from catalogue workstations in the Library during the school day as well as from home on any device with web access.  

Opening Hours

The library opens daily at 8:45 in term time and closes at 5:30 when Prep ends.

The Library Team

Mrs Pocock-Bell the Librarian, Miss Chriti and Dr Wright are on hand to answer queries, give research advice and recommend books.

Clubs and Activities

Book clubs for different year groups meet regularly in the library during lunchtimes. As well as book discussions meetings involve fun activities, games and even online question and answer sessions with authors. Refreshments and books are provided.


Throughout the school year there are author events, talks and competitions to mark national Poetry Day, World Book Day and other significant events such as Black History Month, Stephen Lawrence Day and Disability Awareness Month.

The Abingdon Carnegie Shadowing Scheme 

Over the last two decades secondary schools in the Abingdon area have worked in partnership to Shadow the Carnegie Medal, an annual award for the best writing for children and young people. Students in year 7 and Year 8 read and discuss the books shortlisted for the award and write reviews on them throughout Trinity term. In addition to weekly meetings in the library there are joint events with partner schools including a Carnegie Tea, a quiz and the Joint Abingdon Schools’ Forum. The scheme is a great way to discover new authors, broaden reading horizons and make new friends.