Library opening times
The Library is open for a limited time after school each day.
See below for bubble access. Year 11 now have both Thursdays and Fridays after school each week.
|Year 11||Week A Thursday & Friday :: Week B Tuesday & Thursday||Thursdays and Fridays|
|Year 10||Week A Thursday & Friday A :: Week B Thursday||Wednesday|
|Year 9||Week A Tuesday||-|
|Year 8||Week A Tuesday :: Week B Tuesday & Wednesday||Monday|
|Year 7||Everyday except Wed. B||Tuesday|
All students can swap or renew their reading books at breaktime each day.
What do we use the Library & Learning Resource Centre (LRC) for?
LSA students borrow about 10,000 books every year and take part in the Accelerated Reader scheme.
- We find your reading level comfort zone (ZPD).
- Using your ZPD, you choose the books that you enjoy reading.
- Librarians help, advise and support students.
- You will be quizzed on your books to gain points and grow your word count.
- Each year, about 100 students become millionaire readers.
- This year we have had 7 authors into school to meet students, give talks and provide great tips about writing fiction.
- As well as lending books, you can borrow e-books and audio books for use on devices at home.
- A full library lesson with time for quiet reading and to swap books every two weeks
Accelerated Reader is for all of our Year 7 and 8 students. Readers are expected to do a minimum of 20 minutes at home each day to make progress towards their half-term target. When you successfully complete an online quiz, you accumulate points and add to your total word count. By doing regular reading level tests, we provide readers with a ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development) to help you find challenging books at a level that's right for you.
Form Tutors will offer you encouragement over the coming months and the English Department and Library Team currently monitor and advise students on progress. The Library occasionally contacts home to discuss progress with parents.
Yes! Year 7 and 8 students and parents can sign up for automatic email updates and view your reading progress through Accelerated Reader Home Connect . Apply the same username and password you use to quiz about books at school.
In the top right you can sign up for automatic email updates. On the main screen you'll see the results of your most recent quiz, and total progress and point's achieved this term. You can change the marking period to display results for the whole year. You can also open the bookshelf to display the full range your quizzed books. Quizzing is only possible during school hours.
Happy quizzing, and good luck!!!
To search for a book or access your library account, click here.
Find children's books in general by genre, suitability or level of difficulty by using 'AR Bookfinder'
The lower the AR level, the more accessible the book is for weaker readers. The higher the points rating, the longer the book.
Students in Years 7 to 9 will have their current ZPD Reading Range written in their English workbook. This range is set by their Star Reader Test undertaken 4 times per year. Books they choose should lie within their own ZPD reading range to offer the best mix of understanding and challenge.
Any books marked as KS4 may have content & themes more suitable for older students, but students can request a parental permission slip to borrow titles aimed at more mature readers.
Accelerated Reader Scheme - Year 7 & 8 students
- 14,000 fiction and non-fiction books
- Journals, Magazines & Films
- PC’s, Laptops, Printing, Copying and stationery
- Scanner, Light-box, 3D Printing, Wireless headphones, Raspberry Pi computing and electronics.
- Help/support and opportunities to volunteer
- Free printing, photocopying & laminating
- Use or buy all kinds of useful equipment and stationery
- Use our 3D printer
- Amphitheatre seating for films, podcasts and Skype presentations from businesses and professionals
Computers and laptops.
Our Key Resources:
- Accelerated Reader
- Accelerated Reader Home Connect
- AR Bookfinder
- Free e-books and audiobooks platform
- School Library Portal
We hold loads of library events to encourage and celebrate reading and writing such as:
- We lend 10,000 books at LSA every year
- Library lessons every two weeks for our Accelerated Reader programme in Years 7 & 8.
- A place to play games like Chess and Articulate at lunchtimes & break
- Reading and writing workshops with Children’s and Young Adult (YA) Authors every year.
- Lancashire Book of the Year inter-school judging by our Year 9 students.
- Reading challenges, including the annual Summer Reading Challenge.
- ERIC time – Everyone Reading in Class. One form time per week.
- Student Librarian Volunteer scheme.
- Millionaire Reader Awards.
- Student, staff and PTFA book reviews.
- College Reading Mentors.
- World Book Day celebrations.
- Pop-up book sales run as mini-enterprise by students.
- Silent Disco book browsing, and other activities at lunchtimes.
- Also Parents and Friends of the School are BIG supporters of the library & our PTFA meet here each month
Make - Present - Reflect
Over the past three years, the Library has been transformed thanks to the hard work, commitment and support of the School’s PTFA who also secured a grant from the Lytham School’s Foundation Trust on top of their own fundraising. The whole space is lit by a new highly effective and energy efficient LED lighting system. Read more about the project here.
Make: New equipment for student to support their academic work including 3D printer, miniature computing hardware for coding and media equipment.
Present: An amphitheatre space with silent-disco headsets for presentations and recitals.
Reflect: A larger reader area with comfortable seating and a separate silent study space for exam preparation.
From our OFSTED report, 2017:
“Improving reading scores and the enjoyment of reading has been a significant part of your drive to raise achievement in English. The introduction of a structured reading scheme has had an enormously positive impact on reading scores, especially those of low-ability pupils and disadvantaged pupils. Pupils’ enjoyment of reading has also increased and the number of books they borrow from the library has almost trebled in two years. My inspector colleague heard readers of low ability and high ability, including those who were eligible for catch-up funding because of low scores at the end of Year 6. All read fluently, accurately and with enjoyment, and spoke very highly of the range of books available from the school library. One pupil said, ‘There are so many exciting books for my reading level that I always find it difficult to choose.”
LSA is committed to Lancashire’s Year of Reading 2020