The LRC is a wonderful space at the centre of the school both physically and as an essential part of our students' independent learning.
It has seating for 90 students, 20 computers and the Careers Library. The Reprographics Department is also here so students may photocopy, print (in colour and black and white), as well as having work laminated and bound.
The LRC is open, with professional staff to advise, from 8.30 in the morning until the end of Homework Club at 4.15pm. Students may access 16,000 resources: 10,000 non-fiction books, 6,000 fiction books, encyclopaedias, project files, CD/DVDs and the Internet. Independent searching of the subject index or the computer catalogue, as taught in lessons, is encouraged but help is always at hand.
USING THE LRC
Students may visit the LRC every break and lunch time and many classes are booked in with their teachers to research for their work or find fiction books to read. The area is an important work area for our older students in Years 12 and 13 at all times of the day.
HOME LEARNING CLUB
After school, students who wish to stay on to complete work find resources and do home learning attend the LRC in large numbers until 4.15 The Librarian, a member of the teaching support staff and a team of Year 12 students are all present.
To encourage all students the LRC works with teaching departments to buy suitable materials at all levels for students. The Literacy Coordinator and the Librarian arrange reading groups, competitions, book week and Author visits.
Philippa Gregory is an English historical novelist who has been publishing since 1987. Her novels range across historical periods from the early 1400’s to the Twentieth Century but she is best known for her portrayals of the women around the Tudor court of Henry VIII. Gregory's novel 'The Other Boleyn Girl' has now been made into a TV drama and major film.
‘I have a great liking for the first person narrative because it gets the reader into the head of the character; it takes the reader back in time, with a sense of immediacy that makes them feel they are there’.
She is also a frequent broadcaster and a regular contestant on Round Britain Quiz for BBC Radio 4 and the Tudor expert for Channel 4's Time Team.
Audiofile magazine has called Gregory "the queen of British historical fiction"