Our Library is a particularly wonderful space and resource, lined with books right around the walls and having more than 90 PC’s arranged in ‘turrets’ and zones.
It also has seating for quiet reading and for (quiet) group work. It is used all day every day for:
- Book lending
- Private study
- PC work
- Accelerated Reader Programme base (see below)
In addition it is the base for our Librarians, who organise author visits, book boxes, reading groups and Form Tutor quizzes, as well as managing the Library itself.
The Library is used extensively by all year groups, but it is particularly convenient for Sixth Form students being adjacent to their social area.
All Year 7 & 8 students participate in Accelerated Reader. Based upon assessed reading age, we direct the students to particular ranges of books. All students are given a log book to record the books read and their results from quizzes undertaken as they progress.
The Library has a really excellent selection of books at each level and students are encouraged to make their own selection. Reading time is allocated in the academy timetable, with all students reading in their English lessons and for a dedicated one hour reading and book quiz session per two-week timetable. There is also opportunity for reading during Learning Guide time.
We also recommend that students should read for at least 20 minutes per day at home; the Accelerated Reader book that each student should have in their bag is ideal for this, but reading any book is good.
If you have any questions about Accelerated Reader please speak to your child’s English teacher, Form Tutor or myself. A guide to Accelerated Reader is available below for download.
The Virtual Library
Central Bedfordshire Virtual library has some wonderful resources that students can access free of charge. The attached leaflet tells you about the resources and how to gain access to them.
Mrs C Lowther
Librarian and Co-ordinator for Accelerated Reader