The SCA Library

A message from the LRC Manager/Librarian, Ms A Hickey. 

The Library (also known as the Learning Resource Centre or LRC) is staffed all day and open Monday to Friday. Students can access the facility before school, break and lunch (with a pass collected at break from the LRC, after school, and with their class teacher’s permission during lessons. 

The Library has recently had a re vamp and we now have a lovely tranquil reading corner where students can relax and read on beanbags. Along with 20 computers and laptops this makes it an ideal place for students.  

 We have a large selection of books here at the Academy library which are all on Accelerated Reader and colour coded making it very accessible for the students to choose their books at their reading level. Many new titles will be available from September. 

Homework Club runs in the library Monday – Friday 2.55pm – 4pm, homework can also be done at break and lunch times. 

The library can be used from 8.00am – 8.30am Monday – Friday. Students may also use the library at break and lunch to access computers, read a book or just socialise with friends. We also have a reading club every Friday after school where any student is welcome to attend. 


Year 7, 8 & 9 students take part in an Accelerated Reader (AR) Lesson in the library once a fortnight with myself and another member of staff, Accelerated Reader is where students take a quiz on the books they are reading. This shows us that they are understanding what they are reading and helps us to identify any problems they may be having with their reading.  

All new Year 7 students are given a library induction lesson when they start in September.  

Students in the academy can win prizes for reading the most words and we run competitions between the classes doing Accelerated Reader. We have a Millionaire wall where students can work their way up to reading a million words and over. For this they get rewarded with a certificate, a reading badge and a reading book of their choice. Presently we have 14 Word Millionaires!  Great work! Let's keep building on this.  

The library runs themed day competitions like Roald Dahl Day where you can win prizes especially if you find the Golden Ticket, it also runs many literacy based activities in the library to make it fun but learning at the same time. 

About the Teaching & Learning Resource Centre 

Our exciting Teaching and Learning Resource Centre situated in the heart of the Academy offers state of the art provision for all our students.  Our full time Learning Resource Centre Manager Ms Hickey ensures that there are a plenty of activities and events to engage students and promote literacy. Some of these are Author Visits and the Salford Schools Book Award. 

Books are updated termly, while the school newsletter, magazines, Careers and College information and other assorted reading material are available in the LRC.  

Our Library Aims To...

  • Stock resources to aid and enhance teaching and learning, to stimulate leisure interests and the personal reading of staff and students. 

  • Foster positive attitudes to reading, books, learning and information and communication technology. 

  • Provide an appropriate environment for learning, including facilities for using a variety of media. 

  • Help pupils gain an interest in books and reading to help them long term in varied walks of life. 

What Will You Find In The Library?

  • A large number of fiction books, a collection of non-fiction books on many subjects. 

  • A computerised book catalogue (Accelerated Reader) 

  • Computers connected to the Academy network to use for research and homework. 

  • Regular competitions all literacy based 

  • Themed days -World Book Day  

Borrowing from the Library

Students can borrow two books for up to two weeks, the return date will be stamped with the date they are due back. No fines are charged for late books, however if a book is lost or damaged payment for the book will be asked for by a letter being sent home or a replacement book will be asked for. Books need to be renewed if students wish to keep them for longer. 

Students are welcome to request new titles. New stock is added all year round of non-fiction and fiction books. 

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