Welcome to the Academy Library
We have a fantastic new space at the heart of the Academy, with around 7,500 books and access to a further 12,000 recommended websites via our management system, ECLIPSE. We have a striking new colour scheme and some brilliant new furnishings and fittings. Come and visit us!
The Library is open throughout the school day (including break and lunchtimes for study and revision) and after school until 4.30pm. You can also access the Library catalogue from outside school using this link. As well as conducting searches, staff and students can check their loans, reserve and review books online.
Lower school students have regular Library access in English time to help develop their individual reading, and all subject staff can book to use the Library for research and information literacy sessions. There is a set of laptops based in the Library and an ICT-rich classroom next-door which can be accessed when not in use for Computing lessons.
The Librarian, runs reading events and promotions through the year, including Library Fortnight in November and World Book Day in March. Our Year 7 Book Mastermind competition is currently underway, and our new champion will be decided in November. The librarian will then start to organise the Year 6 competition that we run with local primary schools. Both competitions are keenly fought!
There is a team of approx. 30 Student Librarians who help in the Library at break times and after school. Students from Year 8 upwards can apply to train, and there is currently a waiting list. We also have a popular after school Manga/Anime Club on Mondays Week 1 and a Keen Readers Club who meet monthly after school to discuss and review new titles borrowed from the Red House Book Group. Readers take part in choosing the national shortlist, and then decide who they think should win the annual Award. This is the only book award which is chosen and voted for entirely by young people.
However, arguably the most prestigious book award for young people (often nicknamed the “Booker of the Playground”) is the Carnegie Medal, first presented in the 1930s. Every year some of our Year 9 students take part in Shadowing this Award, and we often have visiting authors during this time to help with this.
And our favourite reading quote at the moment...
“We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel... is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become.” ― Ursula K. Le Guin