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Learning Resource Centre

The Learning Resource Centre is a vibrant and welcoming space for all students.


We are open from 8am until 4pm giving students ample opportunity to engage in a variety of activities including homework, general research, reading and board games.

In our recently rejuvenated LRC, there is a wealth of books and multimedia resources, alongside over 40 networked PCs.

Homework Club runs each afternoon from 3pm to 4pm and there is always assistance available to students. As well as homework club, the LRC is vibrant and buzzing with students of all ages coming together at social times to read and complete their homework.

 There is a team of twenty Student Librarians that do a brilliant job in assisting Mrs Coward in running the LRC. They are also available to read to our new students and advise them on which books to choose.

Throughout the academic year, the LRC promotes reading through activities such as a KS3 Book Club and Classics club, regular quizzes and Book of the Week. Students are encouraged to request the purchase of resources including DVDs and magazines to ensure we are stocking what they want to be reading!  

We also welcome the Scholastic book sale twice a year and re-stock our own shelves with the proceeds!

With over 5000 resources we really do have something for everyone!


Summer Reading Challenge


All year groups


Tell us what reading means to you, or about your reading ‘journey’ and experiences.

Perhaps you were a reluctant reader and read something that changed the way you think about reading forever? Perhaps you have always loved books and want to share why? Still not an enthusiastic reader – maybe you’d like to tell us why?

There are endless possibilities for what you could submit!


Collect an entry form from the LRC. (or download an entry form here)

Write between 300-500 words.

Submit it by Monday 2nd July.


For a prize: all entries will be read by the English department and the winner will get their summer holiday reading list for free!

Important dates we’ll celebrate this year:

6th September 2018: National Read a Book day

8th September 2018: International Literacy Day

13th September: National Roald Dahl day

October 2018: International School Library month

4th October 2018: National Poetry Day – theme Change

7th March 2019: World Book Day

2nd April 2019: International Children’s Book Day

23rd April 2019: World Book Night

May 2019: Share a story month


World Book Day:  Next year this will have a Harry Potter theme to include a book afternoon for Year 7 off timetable and a whole school tutor group competition to decorate their doors! Amazing prizes on offer…


Coming soon: details on Millionaire Club!