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About the Library at Rushden Academy 

The Library at Rushden Academy promotes books and reading across the school, along with offering a place to go at break and lunch-time and taking part in extra-curricular activities.

The Library is open to students from 8.15am so that they can return or borrow a book or print off their homework before school starts. We will often have lessons booked into the Library for students to use the computer or book resources to help them with their studies. We also help to support Year 7 & 8 classes who are taking part in the Accelerated Reader (AR) program by helping students to find books they will enjoy to read and supporting teachers with delivery of the programme. Students from Year 7 all the way up to Year13 are welcome to come in, browse the selves and borrow a book. Students can borrow two books for up to two weeks (please refer to the 'Overdues Policy' attached to this webpage for information concerning late books). At break and lunch times the Library is open for students who would like catch-up on homework, read quietly, ask staff about reading books or, at lunch-time, take part in one of the daily activities.

We have a small selection of stationery items for sale including pens, pencils and rulers; full list is attached to this webpage. Please note this is a cash only service.


Reading and Activities

There are thousands of book titles students can choose from and staff are on hand to give advice and support students with the choosing of those books. Every break and lunch-time students are welcome to find a quiet nook in the Library and spend some time reading. 

New books are added to the stock frequently and the titles are chosen with our students in mind; what they like or do not like, popular authors and series of books. We sometimes get recommendations from our students, which is a fantastic way of making sure that the books we buy are going to be popular with lots of students. We ensure that we have a wide and diverse collection of titles covering many non-fiction topics. There are varied genres to choose from in the fiction section, which includes humour, crime, horror, fantasy and real-life, along with many more. Some of our books have more grown-up themes and language which is why our Year 7 and 8 students must have a permission slip, signed by parents or carers, before they can take these books home. Students can get the slips from the Library staff.

To support our members of staff the Library also has a ‘Teacher Training’ area, with many helpful books to choose from. Staff are also welcome to browse our fiction shelves.

The Library has a team of Library Ambassadors who help the staff out at break and lunch-times. This team were mindfully chosen, knowing that they have a love of reading and are able to promote different books and use of the Library to their fellow students. 

There are many book-themed events which the Library take part in, such as:

  • Christmas Cracker
  • World Book Day
  • World Book Night
  • Carnegie Medal Book Shadowing
  • Author visits or reading events

Any events will be advertised around the school and students can ask for more information in the Library.


Library Opening Times

Monday – Thursday 8.15am - 3.15pm (Except during timetabled lessons. There are after-school activities available; please see the list below for activities and timings).

Friday 8.30am - 3.15pm 


Break and lunch-time in the Library

At break and lunch-times students can do homework either on the computers or at the desks; have a quiet catch-up with friends; read or return their Library books/take an AR quiz. We also have interactive boards for 'Word of the Day' and Sudoku. 

Lunch-time Activities

Monday - Card and board games

Tuesday - Chess

Wednesday- Jigsaws

Tranquil Thursday- This one day is for students to find some peace and tranquility. There are no games played, everyone talks in a lower voice and just takes part in either reading or homework. 

Friday- 'Fill-It-In' Colouring, wordsearches, complex dot-to-dots, sudoku sheets available with pens and pencils.


After-School- after-school activities require a parental consent letter, please ask Ms. Raven or Mrs. Quantrill for one. After-school activities run from 3pm-4pm.

Monday- Student Library Assistants (exclusive to members)

Tuesday- Chess Club

Wednesday- Rushden Academy Newspaper (please ask Ms. Raven if you are interested in joining the team)

Thursday- Role Playing games (eg: 'Choose Your Own Adventure'/D&D)

Friday- closes at 3.15pm


Links to reading websites

 Click the icon or scan the QR code to link to the websites below:

 Libresoft (Library Catalogue)


libresoft QR2

ePlatform (online reading site)


Wheelers QR2

Accelerated Reader (AR reading quizzes)

AR 2

Accelerated Reader (Book Finder)


If you have books at home and would like to find out if they are on AR and what level they are, then click here to be taken to the AR bookfinder UK website. You can type in the author, title or ISBN (the barcode on the back of the book) and if the book is on AR you will see the quiz number and book level.

Libresoft & ePlatform

Library Documents

Get in Touch

Rushden Academy

  • Hayway,
    NN10 6AG

  • 01933 350391


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