Opening Hours – Monday to Friday 8:40am till 3:00pm
The Learning Resource Centre provides students with a platform to learning. It provides students with a wide range of resources to help them with their studies. Students can access up to date Information books, study guides as well as general Information on various topics. The Resource Centre also provides a wide range of up to date fiction to help students to read on after leaving primary school. All the latest fiction novels are available for students to loan out, without having to pay for borrowing books.
With a built in ICT suite, students can take advantage of using facilities of 12 computers with a laser printer to print out their work. Computers can be used for research, to complete online homework, check Vivos, as well as use Internet and Email facilities.
The LRC ensures there are resources for all age groups and all abilities. Students struggling to read can access a wide range of fiction which caters for their needs. Parents are most welcome to come and browse the library stock at any time during the Academy day.
The LRC has a total of 32 seating spaces in the main area. Students can visit the LRC at break, lunch and after school from 3.00pm to 4pm.
Joining the Learning Resource Centre (LRC)
Every student at the Academy automatically becomes a member of the Learning Resource Centre. Students need to show their ID cards in order for them to loan out books.
The LRC also has a Biometric Fingerprint Recognition System in place, if students have joined the biometric system, then they only need to access the machine to borrow resources.
The LRC has now a wide range of career books kindly given to us by How2become, to help students find out more regarding what career choice they would like to make. Find out more about how to become a teacher, a solicitor, fire fighter, social worker, magistrate, nail technician, beauty therapist and other careers.
Students can borrow books for a maximum of 4 weeks, books can be renewed (extended) for another 4 weeks if the student has not finished reading it.
- Years 7 & 8 can borrow 4 books at a time
- Years 9, 10 & 11 can borrow 5 books at a time
Fiction books do have categories, some are not suitable for years 7 & 8. Fiction books will have stickers on the spine labels identifying what age group it is aimed at. The following categories apply:-
- Yellow sticker with UF identifies Upper fiction aimed at Years 9 and above
- Orange sticker with MF identifies Middle fiction aimed at Years 7 & 8
How to help your child improve their reading skills.
- Spend 20 minutes a day listening to your child read
- Make sure your child reads a book that s/he likes.
- Make a list of difficult words that your child is having difficulty reading, and focus on those words with your child for the week to ensure they understand how to pronounce them and what the word means.
- If the book is not too long, read the book several times until your child can read it fluently.
- Ask your child questions about the book to make sure they understand what they have read.
What if I have lost a book or damaged a book?
If you have lost or damaged a book please see the Librarian. We do ask that lost books are paid for so that we can purchase a replacement copy. We do ask that lost books are paid for so that we can get a replacement.
What do I do if I need help finding a book or need help with my homework?
Ask the Librarian. We have a subject index and a fiction author index. You can look up all the titles we have in the LRC. If you still cannot find what you are looking for then please ask. The Librarian will be happy to help you find what you are looking for. If we haven’t got a book that you require, we may be able to order it, please speak to the librarian about requesting a book for the LRC.
If you need help with homework then please see Mrs. Patel who can assist you in finding the correct resources to help you complete your homework.
Do I need to pay a fine if my book is overdue?
We do not charge fines for overdue books. However, if you have lost or damaged a book then you will be expected to pay for the cost of replacement. If a book is seriously overdue then a bill will be sent home to pay for the cost of the book.