Enter a world of books…

Whether it’s to learn something new or just enjoy a story, reading is an activity which can take you wherever you want to go. 

Our welcoming and stimulating King Library is a place where our pupils want to come. At break times and after school it is filled with pupils who are here to explore, learn, push their boundaries and try something new. Here you will never stop learning, exploring new things, exchanging information with others or simply becoming engrossed in a book.

The King Library is, of course, the perfect place to study. Surrounded by great works of literature and instant access to the internet many pupils enjoy quiet study in the library. Be inspired by the work around you to learn, to be ambitious and to be bold in your aspirations.

As the centre of our school the library is full of energy and activity and we hold many workshops with visiting authors, stimulating challenges, as well as local and regional competitions. Our library is also a centre of wellbeing during exam times for all pupils. It’s a place where everyone is welcome to recharge and refocus.

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

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, but 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 was a student at 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 that 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 books
  • A community hub for the whole school
  • A quiet and comfortable space to read, learn and study
  • A chance to develop your research skills via our catalogue of websites
  • DVDs and audio books on all sorts of subjects both 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
  • Visits from authors and other activities through the year

Accelerated Reader

The Accelerated Reader Programme gives our pupils in Years 4-9 the change to improve their reading skills. It promotes reading for pleasure, encouraging children to do this activity more. The Programme provides a supportive and individually tailored, incentive-based programme to improve children’s reading habits and ability.

Did you know? A recent study by psychologists has shown that reading is also a way of resting, 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