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Northampton Academy Library provides a safe, dynamic and empowering learning environment for the whole school community.

Opening Hours

The library is open before school from 8.15am, at lunch time and after school. The space is also extensively used during lesson time for research and reading.

Before School

Monday - Closed
Tuesday - Friday 8.15am – 8.38am

Break Time

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - Open
Wednesday - Library Leaders’ Focus Group

Lunch Time

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Open to all year groups
Thursday - LGBTQIA+ Enrichment Club

After School

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday - 3.15pm - 4.15pm
Tuesday - Book Club 3.15 - 4pm
Friday - Closed

Accelerated Reader

Click here to take the Accelerated Reader Quiz >>>

The importance of reading cannot be overstated and here at Northampton Academy we use a programme with students called Accelerated Reader (AR). It is ‘specifically designed to help children of all ages and abilities to learn to read and read to learn – even when English is a second language’. AR motivates pupils of all abilities to read more and better books, raise literacy standards and develop a lifelong love of reading. As little as 10 minutes reading every day can improve your child’s chances of success in all subjects.

Students take a short STAR reading test which identifies the levels of books that they should be reading, known as their ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development). If students choose books within their ZPD and read these, it is expected that their reading abilities will grow significantly. After completing a book they take a short quiz on the computer. Students will be rewarded for obtaining 100% on quizzes.

Incentives include lots of exciting prizes, from lollipops to popcorn & movie parties! There is also a half termly raffle for a chance to win exciting prizes. Raffle tickets are placed in the draw for every student who becomes a ‘word millionaire’, for everyone achieving their set targets each half term, for being the highest point scorer in each English class and for the most improved student in each group following STAR testing. An Amazon Kindle will be awarded at the end of the summer term to the student that reads the most words over the academic year.
Accelerated Reader gives every student the chance to succeed and progress at their own level.
Follow the link to check your child’s progress and don’t forget to sign up for email notification of your child’s quiz results. https://ukhosted54.renlearn.co.uk/1952185/HomeConnect/Login.aspx


As well as having lots of fantastic books there are sixteen computers with internet access, available to students for homework and research.
There is a dedicated area with bean bags and comfy seating which students can come in and use at lunchtimes.
Students may borrow three books for up to three weeks…FOR FREE! 
If you are on Twitter you can follow the library for up to date information @northacadlib  and look out for some reading inspiration on our Instagram page, Northampton Academy Library.

Library Stationery Shop

The Library Stationery Shop sells most items of school equipment at very low prices. £1 will buy you all your basic daily equipment!

Mrs D Sullivan - Librarian

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