Learning Resource Centre (Library)
The LRC is a busy and popular area within the school. Relocating to a purpose built building in March 2012 provided the perfect opportunity to introduce exciting innovations, including vibrant furniture and hi-tech equipment. The shelves are bursting with new and relevant resources which are regularly updated.
With over 11,000 books, Kindles, audio books, daily newspapers and a selection of magazines there really is something for everyone. A separate computer suite, adjacent to the LRC, contains 35 computers and is available during normal opening hours and lesson times.
The LRC is staffed from 7:45am and is open to students at break and lunchtimes. Homework club takes place in the LRC until 4:30pm every day.
The LRC uses the latest version of OLIVER, a computerised library system. Year 7 students are introduced to this as part of their induction to the LRC. All students are members of the school library and given an OLIVER account, which provides them with accurate information on their current loans, previous loans and up to date details about all the LRC resources available, with the ability to reserve any resource required.
The LRC works closely with teaching staff to support the curriculum. Staff from all subject areas are encouraged to bring students from all year groups to use the facilities available and visits to the LRC are very much enjoyed. There is plenty of material to support learning for Years 7-11. Students from Years 12 & 13 have their own library which is located in the 6th Form Study Zone.
Throughout the school year the LRC runs numerous special events which are either of topical interest, tied in with the curriculum, or to raise money for charity. The aim is always to involve and interest as many students as possible.
The LRC has also run, with the English department, a very successful Bronze, Silver and Gold Reading Challenge for Year 7 whereby each student has to read and complete activities based around a set number of books.
The versatility of the room allows us to change the arrangement of the furniture to suit the activities of the day. For example, a cinema area with surround-sound can be set up, allowing us to show current screenings of age appropriate material, which are always appreciated by our students.
Students may purchase a wide range of stationery from the LRC Shop at very reasonable prices, using their cashless cards and cash.
Other services include a monthly Book Club, through which books can be purchased and a photocopying service
LRC Manager - Mrs T. Sanders
Monday to Friday - 8:00am to 8:30am
Monday to Friday - 12:10pm to 12:50pm (Years 7 & 8)
Monday to Friday - 1:10pm to 1:50pm (Years 9, 10 & 11)
Monday to Friday 10:50am to 11:10am (Years 10 & 11 Coursework/Homework)
Monday to Friday - 2:50pm to 4:30pm (Homework Club)