The Library is at the heart of the school. It has a large collection of fantastic fiction books suitable for readers of all levels – from the most reluctant to the most avid. There is an age appropriate reading list for each year group and PRIDE points are awarded to students who loan from the lists.
The non-fiction section has recently been updated and reclassified to ensure that the resources it contains are relevant to the needs of the current curriculum. This means that the quality of the information is the best available and students are well equipped to complete homework and class research projects. There is also a magazine and newspaper archive to broaden the variety of research materials available to students.
Teachers can book the Library to work with their students as a whole class or in small groups. The Librarian offers an Induction programme to the new Year 7 cohort at the beginning of their Academy career. This expands out to a Library and Information Retrieval Skills programme, which is taught to Year 7 and 8 during their English lessons throughout the year.
There are a small number of computers in the library which are also useful for homework and allow students to email work directly to teachers. Students also have access to the library catalogue (Eclipse.net) so they can look for specific titles. They can also see how many books they have on loan and when they are due back. For more information about Eclipse.net , click on link from menu.
Our KS 4 students now have their own quiet reading and study space away from the main Library. It stocks all current GCSE study guides and has a collection of past exam papers for students to practice their exam technique. College and University Prospectuses are housed there, along with a growing collection of career development publications to help students plan their future careers – thanks to a donation from How2Become. They also have their own collection of age appropriate fiction for them to loan.
There are plenty of library events to get involved in such as Roald Dahl Day, World Book Day, National Poetry Day, International Harry Potter Night. Students and teachers alike are challenged to raise as much money as possible for the annual sponsored Readathon.
The Library aims to be:
Monday – Friday
Before school: 7.45am – 8.20am
Break: 10.45am - 10.55am
Lunch: 1.00pm - 1.25pm
After School: 2.35pm - 3.15pm* (3.00pm on a Friday)
Students can loan up to 2 books at any one time for 2 weeks. The books can be renewed twice before they need returning. There is also a request service for books that are not on the shelves.
There are a number of students from all year groups who volunteer in the library. They help the Librarian outside of lesson time to run the library smoothly. They are hand-picked after a rigorous selection procedure to maintain the high standards of the Library. They are trained following the School Library Association Pupil Librarian Training Programme and they are encouraged to continue training to reach the standards necessary for the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum awards before they leave in Year 11. This training helps student develop key employability skills such as problem solving, leadership, teamwork as well as increasing self-esteem and confidence.
There is an active all year reading group that shadows the prestigious Carnegie Medal for Teenage and Young Adult Fiction. It is great fun and the students willing give up their time to read a number of books, discussing their experiences along the way, often with cake or cookies! The group are also allowed to watch the results live during their own awards celebration.
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