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Appleton Academy


Our school librarian is Mrs Parr.

The library is committed to helping students reach their individual goals and become independent lifelong learners by:

  • Encouraging a love of reading and learning
  • Providing a quality stock of hard copy and online resources
  • Promoting effective research skills 

Opening Times

Monday – Thursday 8.00am to 4.00pm

Friday – 8.00am to 3.30pm

Using the Library

The online Library Management System can be found by clicking on the link below – you will find links to online research and you can check which books you currently have on loan.  Eventually, we also hope to add e-resources and books for you to enjoy when you are not at school: https://u007155.microlibrarian.net/

The library has ‘Kindles’ and laptops available for students to use during break and lunchtimes.  There are over 8000 books (both fiction and non-fiction) together with a selection of magazines, journals and DVDs available for loan.  Students may borrow up to two items at a time for up to four weeks.  Loans may be extended on request.

There is also a Careers Library containing a multitude of resources including reference books and college prospectuses to take home, along with leaflets and advice sheets.

Student participation is always welcome and actively encouraged.  Book requests, reviews and opinions in particular.

With the exception of water, eating and drinking is not allowed in the library. 



The Academy is delighted to be once again partnering with First Story to launch our First Story Anthology for 2021.  First Story are dedicated to empowering young writers through writer-in-residence opportunities.  We are one of a number of secondary schools taking part and in past years, our students have taken advantage of the many opportunities this programme offers, and with great success.

This year will see a virtual launch of the Appleton Academy Anthology and you can watch a video and find out more by clicking on the following link: First Story Anthology Virtual Launch – February 2021

Other Activities

Primary Book Club runs from 3.00pm to 4.00pm every Tuesday.

Secondary Book Club meets every Tuesday during Key Stage 3 lunchtime.

Carnegie Shadowing for all year groups takes place during the summer term.

First Story creative writing with our writer in residence, Nick Toczek, runs every Thursday afternoon during school for Primary students and between 3.20pm and 4.30pm on Thursdays for our Secondary students.

The Library also regularly hosts guest writers and illustrators as well as reading sessions for parents/carers and takes part in national literacy initiatives such as World Book Day, National Poetry Day and National Writing Day.