As a school that loves to read, the library plays an important role in the daily lives of all KAA students. Based at the heart of the school, our libraries allow us to have a designated study area for each Key Stage, providing specialised resources for every stage of your child’s education.
The KS3 and Sixth Form libraries are open for students from 8am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, and 8am to 3.30pm on Fridays. Students can access the library before school from 8am-8.20am, during break and lunchtime, and during Homework Club in the afternoons.
Reading for Pleasure
Reading for pleasure is an important focus of the library. We stock a wide range of materials to appeal to the different tastes of our students, including magazines, newspapers, fiction, graphic novels, biographies and non-fiction. As part of their Morning Reading sessions, students regularly visit the library to browse the resources on offer and engage in individual reading. Students can borrow up to 3 books at a time, which allows them to borrow resources for their studies in addition to a reading book. Students are expected to carry a reading book in their bag at all times.
Every half term an award is given to a ‘Reader of the Half Term’, highlighting literacy and reading as a key focus at KAA. The Reader of the Half Term is nominated by their Morning Reading teacher for excellent participation and progress over the term, and selected by the librarian for showing enthusiasm towards their private reading.
In addition to providing leisure reading for students, the library is a study and learning space. The library offers a Homework Club after school Monday to Thursday during Enrichment. The library stocks a wide range of non-fiction reference books and revision guides to support homework and revision. Students also have access to chromebooks in the library which enables them to access KAA Online and complete their homework.
Student librarians attend a weekly duty in the library during which they learn how to shelve, catalogue and loan books to other students, as well as assisting with the technology used in the library space. They are selected by the librarians for their enthusiasm and regular use of the library. By learning these skills they work towards the School Library Association Student Librarian certificates and earn House Points.