Enter a world of books…

The King Library is a warm and welcoming space for pupils to study and relax. During break times and after school, we welcome pupils to come and browse our resources for study or just to get lost in a good book. We have a wide catalogue of resources, both fiction and non-fiction, in the form of books, magazines, and journals as well as access to online databases.

We support our pupils in challenging themselves and developing their reading by offering a quiet space for independent study, whilst also being available to help with questions, book selection, or finding resources amongst other things if needed.

As well as being the perfect place to study, the library supports pupils’ mental wellbeing offering a quiet space to sit and relax with a book, or for some time out. As well as having desks with comfortable seats to promote study, the library has a dedicated reading corner for those who wish to use the quiet of the library as a place to unwind and refocus, either at break or lunch, or before they start their homework in the evening.

As the centre of our school, the library is full of energy and activity. We host many visitors such as authors and storytellers. We also host events for the school such as World Book Day and promote regional and national events and competitions.

Read on for more…

Our Assistant Librarian

Anna Samuels

I have to say it took me a while to become an avid reader. I have dyslexia, but once I mastered the power of reading, I never stopped. Stories have always been fascinating to me and I now couldn’t imagine a world without them. My Favourite book changes on an almost daily basis – however, top of my list is ‘When Marnie was There’ by Joan G. Robinson.

I first joined Rye as a Sixth Form pupil in 2015 and came back as the Assistant Librarian in February 2019. I am also currently working for a BA (Hons) Degree in English Literature and Drama at Oxford Brookes University, and work at Rye alongside my studies.

While I attended Rye I loved the library, with its rich variety of activities and welcoming, supportive atmosphere. I am very happy to be back and helping to make it a supportive and happy place for current and future students. I know from personal experience how the library is a brilliant place to study as well as being a haven for reading a good book!

What does the library offer?

  • A wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts
  • A community hub for the whole school
  • A quiet and comfortable space to read, learn and study
  • A chance to develop research skills via our catalogue of websites
  • DVDs and audio books in English and other languages
  • A wide variety of magazines
  • Eight computers and a colour printer
  • A lending service for parents and staff as well as pupils
  • Engaging visits from authors and other activities through the year

Accelerated Reader

The Accelerated Reader Programme gives our pupils in Years 4-9 the chance to improve their reading skills. It promotes reading for pleasure, encouraging children to read more. The Programme can improve your child’s reading age significantly in just one year.

10 reasons why reading is good for you

  1. Increases your knowledge
  2. Improves imagination
  3. Encourages critical thinking
  4. Extends vocabulary
  5. Enhances memory
  6. Reduces stress
  7. Improves attention span
  8. Creates tranquillity
  9. Develops writing skills
  10. Gives free entertainment

Did you know? We have over 12,000 books, magazines, and newspapers in our library? There are also many CDs and DVDs and our Library catalogue has access to over 10,000 websites…

Did you know? A recent study by psychologists has shown that reading is also a way of resting and helping the mind to recharge.

Whole School Open Week

Monday 28 September – Friday 2 October

This year we are doing things slightly differently to comply with current Covid-19 guidelines.

We warmly invite you to experience Rye St Antony during a personal virtual meeting at a time that suits you. Meet staff and pupils, have a look around with our virtual tour and see what makes Rye so special.

We are incredibly proud of the Virtual Learning Experience we have offered our pupils during lockdown – you can read about it here