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29/05/24

Few more photos from Y12s trip to NewYork. pic.twitter.com/C8inNAfcSC

29/05/24

Our Sixth Formers had an amazing trip to New York. ✈️ Making unforgettable memories for life!Looking forward to hearing all about it as students and staff reunite at school on Monday. pic.twitter.com/ocxUbFr6n7

24/05/24

And they all have left...Very emotional day, filled with joy, laughter and occasional tear.#year11 pic.twitter.com/p3CU0f1S6r

24/05/24

Year 11 Celebration Day!What an amazing atmosphere in HASU today with students and staff signing shirts. Some really lovely designs out there!Here's to our awesome Year 11s! 📸#Year11 pic.twitter.com/YRzSwnYZCw

24/05/24

Our students are ready to fly out of Gatwick.✈️🌍Have a fantastic time! pic.twitter.com/uiYJ99eOoK

21/05/24

Our Scholarship Advanced Programme students had a masterclass presented by Ms Taitz on "Influence is your Superpower, how to get what you want without compromising who you are" by Yale Business School lecturer Zoe Chance.What a wonderful chance to expand their cultural capital! pic.twitter.com/juu7LqLmY5

17/05/24

The team had a quick but fruitful trip to to spend their winning Reading Champions book tokens. Plenty of revision too for the final in June 📚 pic.twitter.com/CmkbSzOGl8

15/05/24

🛍️👕 Attention Parents! 👕🛍️Join us for the PTA Second-Hand Uniform Sale on Saturday 25th May! Find great deals on HASU uniforms and support our wonderful PTA.Let's recycle, save money, and contribute to a greener planet!🌎♻️#SchoolUniformSale pic.twitter.com/G7ZSAcAiRP

10/05/24

Congratulations to all of our brilliant participants in the Junior Maths Challenge 2024. We were delighted that 21 of our Year 7 and 8 students achieved gold certificates – this is the most golds we’ve ever had in the JMC!🌟 pic.twitter.com/qeNhobVUZI

07/05/24

Last week our students performed a fun singing session during The Inter House Sing Off challenge organised by our lovely Ms Anthony as part of celebrating Performing Arts Week. The signing was heard all around the corridors. Well done to all the participants!#performingartsweek pic.twitter.com/jNlz3d2rQx

07/05/24

Ms Lock & Mrs Jones had a fantastic Friday evening listening to talk about 'Ultra-Processed People' - an eye-opening investigation in to ultra processed food. Chris then very kindly signed our library copy for all to read & 'keep learning' pic.twitter.com/ZpLZOXpOwF

03/05/24

Our Year 10 students explore pH of acids and bases through scientific experiments and discussions using the "rainbow liquid" experiment.#Science pic.twitter.com/goVr28RQCL

29/04/24

Our Year 12 students are , visiting The London Centre to learn about the future shape of the capital.#nla pic.twitter.com/Zw0DiCbMUm

29/04/24

Good luck to our students who take their Spanish exams this week! You can do this! pic.twitter.com/9cNhWolMum

26/04/24

Yesterday we had visitors from Gyeongnam Green Smart Future School from South Korea. They came to see our Passivhaus building and our sustainable school design.Their plan is to provide a futuristic education system and make it a model for their country.#passivhaus pic.twitter.com/NG0bvWDV8B

26/04/24

What I thought would be project that spanned weeks was actually done in three days! Never again will I estimate model building in the library with members of the robotics team and other architectural wizards. pic.twitter.com/VV4SAIZOvm

22/04/24

PGL trip was a massive success and all our Year 8 students came back very happy.Look at some of their special moments caught in this video.#HASUlife pic.twitter.com/RmSwZL0hr9

19/04/24

PGL trip:Day 3Fantastic couple of days for our Year 8 students at PGL Liddington. pic.twitter.com/hiHmaOHgoW

18/04/24

Day 2 of PGL trip. A very clear and sunny morning. Year 8 students are very excited to go canoeing.Have fun everyone!#HASUlife pic.twitter.com/XfsCV5ahqs

17/04/24

Year 8 students arrived at PGL. And the weather looks very promising. 😀#HASUlife pic.twitter.com/rdIgW02WM6

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Our Library

“The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.”
Albert Einstein

Our beautiful Library takes centre stage in the heart of the Academy, open to all students throughout the day as a space to read, work, access IT, browse and borrow books and engage with our fabulous Librarian Ms Lock. Our Lord Harris Reading Room provides a comfortable, tranquil space for students who wish to focus on their reading.

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Library Collage


The Library

Our Library is located in the centre of the building, just off the main atrium and isHarrisAcademyPromotionalShoot0222 7209 accessible to students throughout the day. The Library houses our wide and growing collection of texts, and includes:

  • Library reception, manned either by our Librarian or student Librarians, from where students can borrow and return books
  • The Library displays, sharing up to date reading recommendations, Library competitions, and more
  • Seating and tables at which to read or study
  • A suite of computers at which students can complete homework tasks or other study

The Library is open to students at all times outside of lessons:

Before School

8.00am – 8.25am

(8.15am – 8.25am on Mondays)

Break

10.10am - 10.35am

Lunch

12.45pm – 1.30pm

After School:

3.15pm – 4.20pm


The Lord Harris Reading Room (LHRR)RR1

For students seeking a comfortable, tranquil and relaxing space in which they can read uninterrupted, attached to the Library is our Lord Harris Reading Room. This facility was officially opened by Lord Harris of Peckham in May 2022. The LHRR houses additional texts, three computers for silent research and a plethora of comfy seating. The LHRR is a silent space, monitored closely by our Student Librarians and Prefects.

 


Our Collection

Our Library collection is arranged A-Z by the author's last name if Fiction or by Dewey number if non- fiction.

Books are categorised into:

  • Fiction/Young Adult Fiction /LGBTQ+ 
  • Speed Reads – Shorter fiction 
  • Classic and Challenging Fiction 
  • Poetry 
  • Graphic Novels & Manga 
  • Non–Fiction 
  • New Books

The Librarian also maintains a rolling set of 'featured books' shelves, containing curated sets of books as part of specific themes, competitions or celebrations. 

Shelves


Borrowing Books

The rules for borrowing books are:

  • You can borrow up to three books at a time
  • You can borrow Fiction and Non- Fiction for two weeks
  • You can borrow Manga & Graphic Novels for one week
  • Loans can be extended by request.

The Library Catalogue

The Library Catalogue can be accessed via the Student portal (link), accessible to all students using their Office365 (@hfed.net) logins.

Students can also access the Catalogue by clicking the image below:

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The Catalogue allows students to search through our collection, access detailed information on our texts, receive recommendations based on their interests and reserve books. Students an also view their borrowing history to help them track their reading over time.

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Students are also encouraged to submit book reviews to our Librarian. Reviewers will be rewarded with Merits!

Library reviewing


Our LibrarianLibrarian

Our wonderful Librarian at HASU is Miss Lock. Having worked with books for 15 years, at Waterstones, Foyles, a small independent bookshop and a previous school library, Miss Lock is a fantastically knowledgeable resource for our students. She promises to Lock students in as readers for life, and guarantees that she can find any student, even those who claim they ‘don’t like reading’, a book they’ll love.

 

 


Library Social Media and Competitions

The HASU Library Twitter account can be found here. Through this account, the Library team share all kinds of updates and news.

At least each term, and as part of whole school celebrations and events, the Library organises and runs a wide range of competitions, aimed at encouraging a love of reading across the school and celebrating readers. Competitions are shared widely on the Library’s Twitter account.

Some past competitions can be seen below.

Reading Challenges


Library Lessons

At Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9) regular Library lessons ensure that all students feel comfortable within the Library and have access to its many resources. These lessons also give students an opportunity to borrow a new book should they have not done so recently, or ask Miss Lock for her expert advice. These sessions are run jointly between the English team and our Librarian.

For all students, their first Library lesson is a full induction into the Library, introducing them to the expectations, offer and catalogue, and giving them an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the collection.


For more information about the Academy’s Literacy provision, please see our Literacy page (here) and Literacy Policy which can be found in the Teaching & learning policies area.