The Learning Resource Centre is a buzzing, vibrant and exciting space. Day after day it is packed with students busily working away on their laptops, taking Accelerated Reader quizzes, doing their homework and coursework or reading. 

There is an abundance of cosy spots with comfortable seating where students can relax and unwind. We have a very strong reading culture with a big emphasis on reading for pleasure and each day students can be found engrossed in their books.

With over 16,000 books (both fiction and non-fiction) catering for all tastes and abilities and a good selection, we have created an Academy of readers. Avid readers have the option to join the Wilmington Book Club that is held once a week in the LRC. Students have a chance to discuss what they are reading outside of school as well as read an AR book together during the session. Alongside this we have 10 incredible Student Librarians who help out in the LRC once a week. Their role is pivotal in demonstrating our MYP mindset that prevails at Wilmington Academy as they serve as Literacy ambassadors for the rest of the student population 

The LRC is the centre of major literacy and cultural events across the Academy.  In the past we have held a Readathon, Create-a-thon, Christmas Markets, played host to Chinese New Year Festivals, celebrated Diwali the Festival of Light, held numerous award winning World Book Week festivals, organised a “Murder by the book” event and participated in the CILIP Carnegie Children’s Book Award. This year we have already celebrated Halloween and International Languages’ Day in the Library and have many exciting Christmas celebrations planned as well as yet another amazing World Book Day Event with a themed focus on ‘Reading around the World’. There will also be dozens of exciting activities to do during break and lunch times to celebrate ‘stand alone days’ such as Winnie the Pooh Day, Morse Code Day and Sherlock Holmes’ birthday. Once a week, Games Club is held in the LRC and students have the chance to play a range of games including chess, Cluedo, Connect4 and Hangman.

The LRC has always been the focal point for the annual BIG event in the Academy calendar – our award winning World Book Day Festivals.  A Tolkien Festival, Comic Con, our very own Hunger Games, a Tri-Wizard Tournament, a Sci-Fi Convention and Spy Games have all been hosted by the LRC.  These reading festivals have had a huge impact on strengthening the reading culture within the Academy and together with the Accelerated Reader programme; both book loan statistics and reading ages have recorded their highest increase ever from 1108 loans in 2007 to more than 12000 loans last academic year, showing the impact the library has on raising attainment and that access to a wide range of resources really does make a difference. Students also read thousands of books on MyOn, an online platform that the school also provides for them. Every year our academy has seen an increase of 8-12 months gained by Year 7 and 8 on the Accelerated Reader programme.

Our students love being in the library.  They have a say in the books they want to see on the shelves and which things they may want to celebrate, this means that they all feel they have a safe place they can truly feel comfortable and call their own.


Opening Hours

  • Monday – 8:00-16:00
  • Tuesday – 8:00-16:00
  • Wednesday – 8:00-14:00
  • Thursday – 8:00-16:00
  • Friday – 8:00-16:00
Wilmington Academy library
Students and Staff in Wilmington Academy's library