The Academy Library is at the heart of our facilities and strides to provide a safe, stimulating and purposeful learning environment for our students, in which they may read for pleasure and work effectively as individuals or part of a group.
The Library’s role is to support teaching and learning, to help improve literacy standards, to foster a love of books and reading for pleasure, to develop information literacy skills and to support the personal needs and growth of the individual student.
Our Library is staffed by a full-time librarian who welcomes, supports and advises students during lessons, before and after school and during break and lunchtime.
We provide a wide range of resources, fiction and non-fiction, for all ages and abilities and our stock of approx.12000 resources is contemporary, diverse and inclusive. It comprises Teen and Young Adult fiction, Biographies and Autobiographies, Graphic Novels, Manga, Easy Readers and Non-fiction Information books which support the curriculum and personal interests.
There are also 10 desktop computers and a printer and photocopier available for student use.
Students in Years 7 and 8 enjoy fortnightly Library lessons during which they can explore the Library and spend quiet time to read and develop the knowledge and skills required for personal success and happiness in school and beyond.
Reading clubs run all year round and focus on the Page Turners Book Award during Terms 1-4, an initiative by librarians of over a dozen schools in the area, and the Carnegie Medal Shadowing scheme in Terms 5-6. Both schemes are open to students of all ages.
Our Library is a friendly and welcoming space for all students in the Academy.