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***NEWS: Library services at TCA have re-opened following the closure due to COVID-19 - click here to read how different year groups can now access books.***

The library at Thomas Clarkson Academy is located near the Eden café and is open throughout the school day, from 8am.  Miss Robinson is our Librarian, and student volunteers known as Library Ambassadors support with the day to day tasks of the running the library.  Any student can apply to be a Library Ambassador; there is a selection process and the role requires training and commitment.

Various classes will have scheduled library lessons throughout the week and students are encouraged to use the library facilities for quiet reading, homework, and independent study during their free time.  Miss Robinson supports students to use the library during breaks and lunches, whilst encouraging and assisting them to take responsibility for their own learning. 

Reading is central to our academy and the curriculum.  The library regularly runs promotional activities aimed at encouraging students to read for pleasure.  These include themed book displays, quizzes and competitions; supporting reading activities in Tutor Time; inviting authors to visit; celebrating National Poetry Day; participating in national initiatives such as Carnegie Shadowing and Bookbuzz; celebrating World Book Day; and the school’s own Book Week in March.  Students are rewarded with a Green Card, and often the chance to win a prize, when they take part in library competitions.

Browse the library

Students can browse the library catalogue, make book reservations and submit book reviews via the Eclipse tile on RM Unify. Currently, Eclipse can only be accessed in school using Internet Explorer.

Book inspiration

Need some help finding a great read? Try the following links:

Bookfinder from BookTrust (search by age and theme)
Books for Key Stage 3 students - The School Reading List
Books for Key Stage 3 students - GoodReads
Books for Key Stage 4 students - The School Reading List
National Shelf Service
Teenage and young adult books - Waterstones 
What to read after - BookTrust (if you've found a book or author you like, use the search facility to find relevant recommendations)
Great books for reluctant readers - Love Reading 4 Kids
Click here to view some of the classics, regarded as some of the most iconic of all time.

Accelerated Reader/Bedrock

Coming soon

  • Read in front of your children
  • Encourage your child to read for 30 minutes every day (read to them, listen to them read)
  • Ensure that your child is reading a range of literature and is being challenged – help them to find something they are going to be interested in
  • Show an interest in what your child is reading. Ask your child questions about what they are reading
  • Make sure that your child keeps a book in their blazer pocket
  • Read an article from a newspaper (or online news feed) to your child and ask them for their opinions
  • Take your child to the local library (or library bus) and choose books together.
Library news

National Poetry Day competition winner
Non-Fiction November
Remembrance Day: Recommended reads and resources
World Kindness Day: Suggested reads
300 entries submitted for 'Trapped' story-writing competition
Halloween reads
Black History Month

Useful links

Federation of Children's Book Groups

Book suggestions

If you have a suggestion for a book you'd like to see stocked in the library, contact Miss Robinson on Teams or use the form below:

Suggest a Book

For more information, see the Library Information Leaflet.