The ILC in Numbers

Wonder what the most popular books are at St Laurence? Well read on…

Top 15 books issues so far this year, in ascending order.

15. The Fault In Our Stars – John Green

14. Things a Bright Girl Can Do – Sally Nicholls

13. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

12. Cuckoo Song – Frances Hardinge

11. Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

10. Mortal Engines – Philip Reeve

9. Rooftoppers – Katherine Rundell

8. Rebound – Kwame Alexander

7. Hyperbole and a Half – Allie Brosh

6. Sputniks Guide To Life On Earth – Frank Cottrell Boyce

5. The House With Chicken Legs – Sophie Anderson

4. Apple And Rain – Sarah Crossan

3. Railhead – Philip Reeve

2. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

1.One – Sarah Crossan

The borrows of One amounted to 0.005 of total loans from the ILC this year!


It’s #readforempathy day today (June 11) in many libraries – encouraging people to read stories that will help understand others’ point of view.

The idea is: ‘read stories, build empathy, make a better world’.

Here are some ILC suggestions for some great reads that might open your mind to others’ experiences:

Boys Don’t Knit – T.S.Easton

One boy’s reaction to having been a criminal, and his rehabilitation.

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece – Annabel Pitcher

A close look at a family surviving the death of a child, and the way a close-knit group of people can fall apart.

Am I Normal Yet – Holly Bourne

An account of life post-mental health crisis, with a girl trying to stay sane in new circumstances. And a dash of romance too.

Stargirl – Jerry Spinelli

Peer pressure, non-conformity and bullying are all explored in this bewitching account of American high school life. With added ukulele.

Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman
What if it were white people that history had suppressed and insulted, rather than black? Noughts and Crosses turns the world on its head, and makes you think.

The Bone Sparrow – Zana Fraillon
Take a look at life from the perspective of a refugee, born in an immigration detention centre. Understand forces that might have driven someone to leave their country and come to yours.

Literary Periodic Table

Keep an eye out for the new literary elements displayed around school. These are a great way to find a new read. Which element do you fancy reading from next? Romance, mystery, crime, dystopia, comedy or something else?

Which element will you start with?

Whatever you pick, flip open the card to find a recommendation and bring the card to the ILC to borrow the book inside!

Work Experience & Careers

This week Year 10 students will be away on their work experience.

This week is a great opportunity for students to find out how the world of work really, well, works.

But what if you don’t know what you want to do? There’s no need to wait until Year 10 to research a career path, you can start as early as you’d like. Better yet, you can change your mind at any point! But, whichever route you’re looking at, the more you know, the better informed your decision will be.

Check out the UCAS website here; you can search various careers and also take a quick careers quiz to help you understand your personality type and what may suit you career-wise.

The National Careers Service has a huge amount of information about different career paths and jobs, and is fully searchable if you click through to “Explore Careers”.

Prospects is another website that can help you narrow down your options. Browsing by sector can be helpful if you just don’t know what jobs are out there in a particular area.

St Laurence can help too. Did you know that Mrs Smith in the careers office can arrange a meeting for you to talk to our career advisor at any time?

You’ll also find a wide range of prospectuses in the ILC, not to mention a wide selection of books on various jobs, career areas and industries.

No matter what your interests, you’ll be sure to find something that fills you with excitement for your future.