The Academy Library is located next to the main PACA reception and is open to students
from 8.15am to 4.15pm each day except for Fridays where it closes at 3.30pm. The Academy Library is available to Academy staff and students before, during and after school for:
- Borrowing and returning books
- Accessing the academy network
Students can take out up to four books at a time. There are also 12 computers for student use. A Homework Club runs on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3.15pm to 4.15pm, but all students can use the library at other times when it is open to the public, including Saturday mornings. Stationery can also be purchased at affordable prices during school hours.
All students must complete the ‘Student Membership Form’ (enclosed in the Home Agreement Form Pack) and return to the Library or Keystage.
The Academy believes that reading is crucial for students’ academic success. Our KS3 Reading Challenge aims to help students improve their reading according to their ability and to show reluctant readers that reading fiction can be enjoyable!
Academy Library Staff
Mrs Sandifer – Academy Library Manager
The Academy library is available to Academy staff and students before, during and after the school day for borrowing and returning books, accessing the Academy network, reading and studying, and purchasing essential stationery items.
All students are welcome on the understanding that it is a is a ‘quiet area’ and that sensible, considerate behaviour is expected at all times. Lesson behaviour policies regarding eating and drinking and the use of mobile phones and other personal audio items are followed at all times. During lesson times, students must have visible proof of their teacher’s permission to use the library – either a signed note or comment in their planner on the appropriate day.
For information about Brighton and Hove Public Library Services, available to our community members via our dual-use partner, please see Mile Oak Library.
Joining the Library
You do not have to join the library unless you wish to borrow books etc during ‘Academy Library Opening Times’. If you do wish to, simply complete and return a PACA student membership form. An Academy library account will then be set up, which will be valid for 5 years or until the end of a your time in Year 11, whichever comes first. This membership can be extended on a yearly basis if you stay on for Sixth Form.
This membership may only be used in this library during the ‘school’ day and/or while you are in Academy uniform when borrowing a book or story CD. If forgotten, you may use your planner or exercise book as ID. You may not borrow B&H library chargeable items such as DVDs on your Academy membership. Although you may return items borrowed on your Brighton & Hove Public Library card, you may not use it to borrow or reserve items in ‘school’ time – basically until 4pm, or while in uniform.
Except for some nonfiction items, most books etc are issued for 3 weeks or longer to cover a school holiday period.
If you wish to reserve a particular book using your Academy Library membership, please ask for an orange Reservation form at the counter. Simply complete it and hand it in. When it is available for you, a slip will be sent via your Tutor. You may use these slips to reserve any book at this library – PACA or Mile Oak. By all means use the Library Catalogue on the Internet or via the OPAC terminal to check if we have a copy, but at the moment do NOT use either of these to place a reservation. If the item is not available at this library, ask if I have ordered or would order it. Or you may use your public library card – not your Academy membership – to reserve it from another Brighton & Hove library.
Fines and Charges
Remember to return your books on time as late items incur fines. Student fines are 5p per item per day for 6 days increasing thereafter to 10p per item per day to a maximum of £5 per item. If you do forget, we’ll send a reminder to which you should respond to ASAP. If you have overdue items because you have been ill, we will renew the item and cancel any fines.
Please take care of all items borrowed on your card. They are your responsibility. Lost or damaged items have to be paid for. Keep them away from pets and younger siblings. If you have a drink in your bag, make sure the container does not leak.
Please see the Student FAQ leaflet for further details.
Information (non-fiction) books are shelved according to their subject number. We use the Dewey Decimal Classification System, as do most UK academic and public libraries.
Use the Library Subject Index to find the shelf / subject numbers of the information books you need. There are several copies in the Library.
You may find these on-line editions useful: