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.
For more information, see the Library Information Leaflet.