Learning Resource Centre
The Learning Resource Centre (LRC) is in a modern, purpose built room found on the first floor of the school. It is open from 8.30am to 4.00pm from Monday to Friday. Students can visit before morning registration, at break and lunchtime and after school.
The LRC is split into 2 areas: the main library and the private study area.
The main library houses our catalogue of resources which includes:
- an extensive collection of fiction books covering a wide range of interests and reading abilities
- information books to support the teaching and learning in subject curriculum areas
- newspapers, magazines and periodicals
- reference books for use in the LRC including encyclopaedia and dictionaries
- audiobooks and equipment for use in the LRC (available at lunchtimes and during scheduled LRC lessons in Years 7 and 8)
- up to date information on post-16 education and Careers including college and university prospectuses.
Within the private study area, there are 4 networked computers available for student use at break, lunchtime and after school. In addition, 30 networked laptops are available to Year 7 – 11 students at lunchtimes from Monday – Thursdays. Students have access to printers and a scanner for their homework or private study. This area is used by the Sixth form for supervised private study when they are not at lessons.
All students are registered with the LRC on arrival at the school and can then borrow up to 3 books for up to 3 weeks at a time. There is a reservation service ensuring fair access for popular books and students are encouraged to recommend new books, authors or genres to add to the schools collection.
A reminder system is in place to help establish a good routine of borrowing and returning books. If a book is lost or damaged beyond repair, students are expected to settle their account by paying for a replacement copy. Refunds will be given where a lost book is subsequently found and returned to the LRC.
The LRC is staffed by 2 experienced Librarians who can assist with book recommendations; information retrieval; technical support and advise on curriculum support or study skills.
At KS3, the main focus of the LRC is developing students’ love of reading. Not only does reading increase a student’s vocabulary; develop their skills in spelling, punctuation and grammar, but it also is a window onto other worlds – real or imaginary. Reading suggestion lists are maintained by LRC staff and there are resources available to assist students to choose appropriate books which interest to them – whether fiction or non-fiction.
At KS4 and KS5, the focus moves to students developing the information research and study skills they need to support their academic studies at exam level and in the future.
Each year the LRC runs a Scholastic c-2-c bookclub offering students books at discount prices. New brochures arrive half-termly and are distributed to KS3 tutor groups for interested students. Book fairs, reading events, competitions and quizzes are organised from time to time throughout the year. In addition, each Friday lunchtime is reserved for silent reading.
Students are required to look after the books they borrow; to keep them clean and dry; to use a bookmark so that books do not end up damaged and to bring them back on time so that other students can borrow them.