Library

Welcome to Beacon Academy Library

Unfortunately, our fantastic Library is currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. However…

Everyone can browse and reserve books online with our Accessit virtual library!

Every student can access a personalised library account just by logging on with their usual Beacon computer login details. This can be accessed anywhere and from any device: computer, smart phone, iPad or tablet. Our virtual Accessit Library can be found here and via the ‘links’ section of EduLink

With Accessit, students are able to:

  • Reserve from over 4,000 books!
  • Leave reviews
  • Rate books
  • Check their personalised account for over dues, loans and reserves
  • Search in a variety of ways for their next reading book
Visit our virtual Accessit Library
Screenshot of Beacon Academy user logged into Accessit virtual library

Join East Sussex Libraries for free!

eBooks are permitted reading material at school and it is free to sign up to access an array of eBooks and other online library services from East Sussex Libraries here: https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/libraries/.

Usual opening times

Under normal circumstances, the new library will be open before school, at break, lunch and after school! We open at 8:00am and close at 4:00pm.

Come and borrow books, do some research, finish your homework, buy some stationery, or just sit and read. Everyone is welcome.

When normal service resumes, iPads will be available in the library at break and lunch time

Interior of Beacon Academy Library with tables, chairs and bookshelves and promotional poster

Stationery and Art Books

Please note: Replacement art pack items such as whiteboards, water colour palettes and paint brushes are currently available for correct change only.

When normal library services resume, the Library will offer a wide variety of stationery and art supplies for students to purchase. For the full range of items stocked, please ask in the Library.

All items must be paid for at the time of purchase.


Accelerated Reader

Students in Year 7 and Year 8 are enrolled on a computer programme called Accelerated Reader (AR) which enables English teachers and parents to manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Accelerated Reader can be accessed by all via the ‘links’ section of EduLink.

Our Library offers a variety of over 4,000 books, most of which are registered on Accelerated Reader. Our books are all clearly labelled with accurate ZPD levels to ensure that students can find the book which is right for them.

The Accelerated Reader Process:

  • Students take a STAR reading test (four times a year) and are provided with a reading age and a ‘Zone of Proximal Development’ (ZPD) book level range to choose a reading book from.
  • Students pick a book at their own level and read it at their own pace.
  • When finished, students take a short quiz on the school-based AR website. Passing the quiz at 85% or higher is an indication that the student has understood what has been read.

Please visit our Reading for Pleasure page to watch our Parent Guide to Accelerated Reader at Beacon Academy.


Events in the Library

Our library often holds a range of fun events throughout the year. Previously, this has included writing competitions and World Book Day bonanzas!

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