Staff and students at Atlantic Academy are celebrating as they hosted the launch of their new library facilities.

Mayor of Portland, Cllr Charlie Flack was on hand to officially open the library at the event on Thursday.

As he declared the facilities open, Cllr Flack said: “It is always pleasing to visit the academy and witness the improvements that have occurred since Atlantic took over and this is reflected in exam results across all phases.

“The library’s relocation to the English area will further enhance pupils reading and writing, improving their life skills and futures.”

The library will be used both by students independently and within literacy or English lessons as it now has computer facilities and seating for up to 36 students.

Laura Bourke, who oversees literacy said: “It is fantastic to have the library at the heart of the English department and to have such a wealth of resources at our disposal. I look forward to seeing the library come to life and be an integral part of learning across the curriculum and a space all students enjoy”.

The library is supported by an interactive micro librarian system to which each student has a personalised account, accessible in school and out of school, allowing students to receive book recommendations, read and write book reviews, search the school library catalogue and reserve items.

A school spokesman said the launch would promote a life-long love of reading, expand student vocabulary and support a rich academic culture at the academy.