We not only have over 10,000 books but, also, newspapers, magazines, games, brainteasers, computers and internet access - all available between 8 am and 4 pm every day.

We are very proud to have a very large selection of fiction books with all the students’ favourite authors and series, a lot of new authors to try as well and a large supply of classic fiction. Examples include; the Cherub series, The Hunger Games trilogy, the Beautiful Creatures series, and a range of 19th and 20th-century fiction including Dickens, Austen and Henry James.

A student reading in the library. We also have a great non-fiction section with all the books needed for homework and learning. Whether students need a book on electricity or World War II or just want a book about dangerous creatures for fun, the librarians will be able to find what is needed.

Everyone at Richmond Park Academy has the right to use the library and borrow books. We encourage students to use the library often for reading and studying so they produce excellent homework. Almost all books are available for students to borrow and take home for two weeks and everyone is automatically a member of the library when they join the school. We ask that books are looked after and returned on time or renewed if needed for longer.

Chief Librarian: Ms Frean (

Encouraging that reading bug

Between 25 January and 4 February, RPA welcomed the Borough Librarians into school. This is the second time in three years that RPA has been selected as a venue for the Borough Librarians which the Library team are delighted with. The Librarians came in and read aloud extracts of newly published books to our Year 7s. This has always been very popular with our students in the past and the books that the librarians recommend are usually high in demand for months afterwards.


There is no lack of initiative from the library team. Our displays and reading promotions are regularly updated using calendar events and staff are not frightened to join students in dressing up for World Book Day!

Battle of the Books

In the summer term, RPA enters a Year 8 team into the Borough’s ‘Battle of the Books’. This is a really enjoyable event where secondary schools come together for a friendly competition and listen to an inspiring talk from a visiting author.

Student sat in the library reading a book.

Accelerated Reader Programme

Here at Richmond Park Academy, we use the Accelerated Reader programme. We are thrilled to have the world’s most widely used reading software that helps raise literacy standards by motivating and supporting students of all levels and abilities. Accelerated Reader (AR) is a reading programme tailored to each individual student, designed to increase the love of reading and in turn, levels of achievement. Scientifically-based research shows that students using AR perform better in all academic areas than students who do not use the software. Click here to read more.