As an Academy, we are passionate about the power of the written word and the importance of reading to enrich our lives. Literacy is a key element of learning and is used in every subject within education. Furthermore, literacy is an important aspect in everyday life, whether reading fiction for pleasure, text books, newspapers, instruction manuals – the list goes on…


Students can relax with a good book in our well-stocked, luxurious library. We have a wide range of books in all genres and levels. There are always at least two student librarians on duty to help students find the right book for them. As reading 20 minutes per day is a requirement for all KS3 students, this is the perfect opportunity. Students can also take their AR quizzes in the library – a great head start for those competitive readers!

Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader is an exciting reading programme for all of our KS3 students. After reading each book, students sit a fun computer generated quiz which gives them the opportunity to gather points and win prizes. Competitions run between classes and between individual students. As part of the programme, books in the library are labelled with their reading level and age group suitability, making books far more accessible and therefore enjoyable for every individual reader.


We have well stocked magazine racks in the quads and in the library, in order to give students a chance to read, discuss and debate during their break time. Students have been involved in the choices of magazine subscriptions to ensure there is something of interest for everyone. We encourage students to read the magazines and complete the puzzles if they wish, we simply ask that students return the magazine to the rack at the end of their break so that it is available for others during the next available free time.

Library Daily Access

The library is available for reading, borrowing and returning books every day at the following times.

Before School (Exchanging Books only)
8:20 – 8:30 Monday – Friday
Break Time (Exchanging Books only)
10:40 – 10:55 Monday – Friday
Lunch Time (Reading and Board Games)
12:00 – 13:00 Monday – Friday
After School
15:00 – 16:00* Monday – Friday (*15:30 close on Friday)

ELZ Daily Access

Before School
8:20 – 8:30 Print out homework only
After School
15:00 – 16:00 Monday – Homework Club
15:00 – 16:00 Tuesday – Homework Club
15:20 – 16:00 Wednesday – Homework Club / Progress Club
15:00 – 16:00 Thursday – Homework Club / Mathematics Revision (by invite only)
15:00 – 15:30 Friday – Homework Club