Our Library is at the heart of our academy. Our Library is staffed by Mrs Wharton, with additional support from our Library Prefects. Our Library is open every day, including before the academy day starts, break and lunch time and after school as part of our Homework Club.
The Library showcases our Staff Shelfie and celebrates different events throughout the year, including Harry Potter Day and black history month.
The Library is used by students during their English lessons as students here at the academy are enrolled on Accelerated Reader. Sixth form students also use the area as a quiet place to work as students have access to computers and resources.
Students across the school have access to a variety of fiction and non-fiction, newspapers, textbooks and magazines; there really is something for everyone!
Accelerated Reader and Reading Ages
STAR Reading is a computer-adaptive assessment which gives us your child’s:-
- National Curriculum reading level
- Reading age (in years and months)
- Book level:
The range of difficulty level of books a child should read to allow for independent reading.
At its heart, Accelerated Reader is simple.
A student reads a book, takes an online quiz, and gets immediate feedback. Students respond to regular feedback and are motivated to make progress with their reading skills.
AR gives teachers the information they need to monitor students’ reading practice and make informed decisions to guide their future learning.
Pupils develop reading skills most effectively when they read appropriately challenging books – difficult enough to keep them engaged but not so difficult that they become frustrated.
The importance of daily personalised reading practice cannot be overstated. Recent studies indicate that when students spend 25 minutes a day reading suitably challenging books which they successfully comprehend then they can achieve a higher reading age growth.
The dedicated online book-searching tool AR Bookfinder is publicly available to students and parents so they can identify appropriate books that are also of interest.
Each week, a member of staff displays their top ten favourite books and comments on why others should read them. Following the success of this, students also run their ‘Student Shelfie’. Please click on the link to see the latest ‘Student Shelfie‘