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Learning Resource Centre

The Richard Snelling Library

Library Opening Times

Monday – Friday: 

  1. 08.10am – 08.50am     Library open for independent study
  2. The Library is also open at breaktimes and lunchtime

Home Learning Club

  • 3.30pm – 5.30pm (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday)
  • 3.30pm – 4.30pm (Thursday)

Library Manager: Mrs Zawadzka

Our Academy library was opened in the autumn of 2009 by Christopher Lloyd, author of ‘What on Earth Happened’ and Richard Snelling, a previous Headteacher after whom the library is named. The Library was fully refurbished in 2021.

It is a bright and airy space where we promote a calm, silent atmosphere for studying. There are numerous bookshelves containing thousands fiction, non-fiction and reference books and also magazines.

Our Further Education section contains descriptions of many jobs and prospectuses of local colleges and sixth forms.

We have continuous book displays depicting world events throughout the year. Red Nose Day, Holocaust Memorial Day and Diwali are some examples of previous presentations. Many of these coincide with subjects that the students are studying and the books provide invaluable resources for research.

Students are actively encouraged to read and may borrow up to two books at any one time. There is a two week loan period but books may be renewed at the end of this time. We feel reading should be an enjoyable experience so we have included a soft seating area for private reading.  A student team of librarians and library assistants are on hand to help with any queries.

There are 50 computer workstations with several tables for group workand individual learning Pods. This allows our teaching staff to use the facilities during the day for lessons that require different forms of IT or research.

The library is open every day from 8.10am until 8.50am for independent study and again at break and lunch times.

When the Academy day finishes,  there is the opportunity to attend Home Learning Club where there is a team of dedicated staff who are on hand to help and support with any Academy work. This is open from 3.30pm until 5.30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and 3.30pm – 4.30pm on Thursday.