The Academy has a library on each site, both well-stocked with resources to support students in their studies and reading for pleasure. Students are given the opportunity to use the library during Literacy and English. Students may borrow books to read at home and, may use the library as a resource at break, lunch and after school, where activities are available. Also, we have a dedicated and experienced Librarian team at Bede North and volunteer and student librarians at Bede South

The Library at Bede North stocks a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books, including classic texts and a separate Sixth Form fiction collection. There is access to a range of newspapers, magazines, periodicals and online journals, all carefully chosen to support the curriculum, as well as a suite of computers for independent research and homework.

Accelerated Reader Programme
Students in Years 5, 6 & 7 take part in the Accelerated Reader programme which is designed to increase reading comprehension and promote reading for pleasure. The programme works to identify a students’ current reading level and guides them to a range of books which will help develop their vocabulary and comprehension. We are continually adding to the stock of books; with students being encouraged to recommend titles they would like to read.

Ask a Question!

At Bede North we have a full time Librarian. If you have a question that needs an answer, do not hesitate to ask the Librarian or her team of Student Librarians. They are well trained and highly skilled at pointing you in the right direction to find the answer you are looking for.


We are delighted to announce that the Academy has teamed up with Northumberland Schools Library Service to offer our students free access to eBooks and Audiobooks.  The resources are provided by a company called ‘ePlatform by Wheelers’ and allows access to thousands of books ranging from the classics to up to date contemporary fiction, including all of the popular titles our students love to read.  The site is easy to navigate and can be used on a PC and laptop on the desktop version, or via the app for mobile or tablet devices.

At Bede Academy we constantly strive to help our students foster a love of reading that will stay with them for the rest of their lives, this is done through class visits to our well stocked library, during DEAR time, and now through this exciting new ePlatform.  Developing strong reading skills is not only important for academic success, it has also been proven that it helps children develop a greater understanding of the world we live in, improve relationships with others, reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety and improve wellbeing throughout their lives.

We hope you and your child enjoy the many benefits using the new ePlatform will bring.



We are relentless in our vision that every student will learn how to read, can read to learn and will love books at Bede Academy. We want all our students to read texts which challenge them, evoke powerful emotions, seek to overcome prejudice, build character, inspire them to read more and that support and nurture the skills to unlock their potential. Carefully selected literature ensures that students develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually because all our young people are valued, challenged and inspired at our academy.


Teaching and Developing Reading at Bede Academy:

At Bede Academy, we support reading and vocabulary through the Reading Five:

  1. Teaching and developing reading skills (decoding)
  2. Developing reading comprehension
  3. Supporting struggling students
  4. Ensuring students read challenging texts as experts
  5. Instilling a love of reading


How do we teach students to read?

The foundations of literacy…

In Nursery, we value the importance of strong language and communication skills for all children. Our nursery curriculum is specifically designed to ensure that all children have access to daily, high-quality speaking and listening, language and communication experiences and activities. We know that this is vital to ensure that children are ready to begin their journey to become independent readers. We use the Launchpad for Literacy framework, which ensures that children develop the full range of skills needed.

For ideas to help support your child at home, please see the Early Years sections of the website

At Bede Academy, we use Read Write Inc to teach all our students to read confidently and independently. Read Write Inc is a systematic, rigorous and engaging programme to teach EVERY child to read by the age of six. Read Write Inc is a proven and highly successful programme which is used by many schools to ensure that all children can read and write using a systematic synthetic phonics approach.

Who will follow the Read Write Inc programme?

When children enter Reception, they begin their Read Write Inc journey, and they will follow this through their time in key stage one (years 1 and 2). All children are assessed every half term to ensure that staff can teach children at the right level and that no child falls behind. All children will read books which are specifically matched to their individual level, and these will be used at school and accessed at home. Older students who need to catch up with their reading on entry to Year 7 at Bede North will use the Lexia programme to develop word recognition.

How often will my child read with a teacher?

Children will read their RWI books every day with a trained member of staff. These books are kept in school. However, each week, parents and guardians will have access to a copy of this text via the Oxford Owl website for you to access at home. In addition to this, your child will bring home an additional book, matched at their individual level, for them to read to you at home. We ask that you listen to your child read every day for 5 minutes. Research tells us that this has a hugely positive impact on the progress children make.


How do we support reading skills for all our students?

Through our curriculum, students’ reading skills are developed using the pre-teaching of key vocabulary, shared reading approaches and frequent use of visualisers to model and support expert reading. In addition, all curriculum teams have developed ‘read like a…’ displays at Bede North to support students’ understanding of how to read as an expert in different disciplines.

Our students engage in daily shared reading of texts within our cultural reading programme, which are read as part of our Read Aloud and tutor reading time. This develops fluency in their reading, enhances their curriculum knowledge, allows them to consider ideas, events or perspectives from the wider world and experience the restorative, emotive and academic power of reading for pleasure. Hearing an adult read out loud during these daily sessions gives an opportunity to ‘make the implicit explicit by expertly modelling fluency through appropriate use of pace, expression, punctuation and phrasing’ (Education Endowment Foundation 2021).

Our bespoke cultural reading programme and Reading Spine in English ensures our students have read texts of quality to develop their reading ability. We have developed our Reading Spine text choices through both our core virtues and Doug Lemov’s Resistant Text concepts to ensure text progression builds readiness for future reading and gives our students an opportunity to read texts they would not ordinarily choose themselves.

In addition, once students have completed their early reading teaching, they follow the they follow the Accelerated Reading programme at Bede South to further develop reading skills. Within this programme, texts are specifically selected to match students’ reading ability. In addition, some students who struggle to decode will use Lexia at KS3 and interventions focused on word awareness and fluency are also targeted to those in need of support with their reading. These programme are delivered by trained staff.


How do we foster a love of reading?

Our dedicated library spaces provide students with an engaging and rich environment through which to read and connect with literature. At both sites, student librarians encourage reading by supporting the librarian, through a reading mentor scheme and the library trolley visits. Our community celebrates reading through writer visits, World Book Day and after school reading events.

At Bede North, as part of our rewards system, we celebrate reading through our praise system where tutors allocate house points to those who are nominated as reading champions. In addition, Year 10 and 12 leadership students are given roles as mentors to younger students to support with reading in acknowledgement of their own excellence in reading.

Intervention Pathways:

Word Recognition

Lexia (Phonics & Acquisition)
Lexonik (Spelling & Vocabulary)

Reading Communication

Peer to peer reading mentoring
Literacy lessons
Reading comprehension intervention


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