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The Marlborough Science Academy

LRC (Library)

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, 16 computers and a 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. There are board games, jigsaws and craft activities available at lunch time

The LRC is open, with professional staff to advise, from 8.30 in the morning until the end of Home Learning Club at 4.10pm. Students may access 16,000 resources: 10,000 non-fiction books, 6,000 fiction books, encyclopaedias, CD/DVDs and the Internet. Independent searching of the  computer catalogue, as taught in lessons, is encouraged but help is always at hand.

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.

After school, students who wish to stay on to complete work find resources and do home learning attend the LRC in large numbers until 4.10 The LRC Manager and a member of the Specialised Learning staff are present to assist students.

To support all students the LRC works with teaching departments to buy suitable materials at all levels. There are regular competitions, author visits, book fairs and reading events. 

Ali Sparkes


Ali is the author of this year's Big Read Car-Jacked. We were lucky enough to have her visit the school on Monday 7th October. 

Ali lives in Southampton with her husband and two teenage sons. She always wanted to be an actress and did some theatre and television work in her teens. She then became a reporter in Southampton and went on to write comedy for radio but eventually realised that she loved to write stories and became a full time author. Here books include The Shapeshifter Series, Destination Earth and Death by Detention as well as Frozen in Time, winner of the Blue Peter Book Award and Car-Jacked which has been chosen as our Big Read this year.