Welcome to the Library at Cecil Jones Academy

Opening Hours:

Monday to Thursday 8.00am to 4.00pm and Friday 8.00am to 3.30pm.

The Library resources

All pupils are welcome to come into the library before the start of academy, lunchtime and after school. The library offers excellent resources to inspire students to enjoy reading, and to support curriculum subjects. All pupils are automatically signed up to the library system and allowed to borrow books for three weeks. Our library has a number of laptops that can be used to complete homework; a black and white printer is available for students to print their homework. Our resources include over 9000 books, magazines, DVD films, newspapers, and eclipse online library software. Homework support from Miss Lunn is available every day before and after school.

New Books for the library

We are currently upgrading the books and have purchased 1800 brand new books and intend to continually stock it, to meet the demands of our hungry minds. These books are being used to support reading for pleasure and for our students to access and take quizzes on Accelerated Reading and Drop Everything and Read.

150 revision guides have been purchased and are available for GCSE students. All curriculum areas are catered for in the library. Since July 2019, there has been a 67% increase in the number of books purchased and made available for our keen readers, this will continue as a love for reading is in the heart of everything we do.

Accelerated Reading Programme

All year 7s and 8s take part in the Accelerated Reading Programme. Pupils come into the library to read during their English classes and take quizzes based on the books. This programme helps pupils to improve their reading and literacy skills as well as promoting the competitive aspect of reading amongst peers.

AR Word Millionaires

The number of words that pupils quiz on are counted up to become a word millionaire. Badges are given to pupils who read a quarter of a million words, half a millionaire words, and  a million  words and also a double millionaire. Pupils need to score 50 per cent or more in the quizzes for the words to be added.

Drop Everything and Read

Every Thursday during tutor the whole school in complete silence for 15 minutes. Ssssshhhhhhh! Every student carries a book in their bag.

Author Visits

We have regular author visits to inspire pupils to become authors.

John Townsend visited the Academy – click here to see how the day transpired.

We look forward to welcoming more authors to the Academy.

Chess and games in the library

Games are popular in the library including Chess, Kamikaze, (which is the opposite of chess as you have to lose all your pieces to win), Draughts, Uno, Jenga and Connect 4. There is a chess and kamikaze ladder. Students can challenge each other and when they win they go up the ladder. Chess tournaments take place regularly – there can only be one winner.

Library Monitors

There are 20 library monitors in total, from all year groups who help with library duties, checking books in and out on the computer system, looking after the library, filing and recommending books to pupils. Library monitors have two duties a week.

After School Clubs

Pupils are encouraged to create and run their own clubs.

Monday after school: Chess Club

Competitions and treasure hunt

Competitions run regularly and are changed once every half term.