The Learning Resource Centre (LRC) is more than a library; it is a place at the heart of the school where students can access learning independently – hence the name. The LRC is fully staffed to provide a safe, supportive environment for students outside lesson times and supports many lessons held within curriculum time. The LRC is open daily from 7:30am – 4:00pm.
There are 3 areas in the LRC giving us the ability to have many things going on at the same time. The book area has seating for over 30 students with a quiet corner for those wishing to sit and read alone or tables and soft chairs for small groups to work, revise or discuss the day’s papers. The computer area is used for homework, coursework and independent learning. The annexed room holds our non-fiction section and has tables and seating for twelve, this is a quiet work area mainly used for project work and independent learning as well as hosting the strategy club run by students. In all, the LRC can accommodate approximately 65 students.
All curriculum areas make extensive use of the resources and facilities. A few lessons are time-tabled in the LRC but most lessons that take place there are at the request of teaching staff who wish to use the books and computers and have access to the adaptable space and resources. Reading is seen as being important in opening the door to learning, therefore each English Group in Year 7 has a weekly LRC lesson timetabled to ensure that students have the opportunity to access good quality books. The expectation at Brakenhale is that students have a book to read; whether for a designated task in some English lessons or for Tutor Silent Reading sessions.
The Homework Club is well attended before and after school by students from all year groups but there is plenty of space for more! Help and a quiet space are available every day between 7:30 – 8:30 am and 3.05 – 4:00 pm. Students do not need to book to attend, at after school sessions they just sign in and there is always someone there to support and encourage them in their work. It also provides a safe place after school for students whose parents can not pick them up at 3.05pm.
Lunchtime & After School Activities
The LRC is open at lunch time and books, newspapers, computers, scrabble, chess and other games are available for student use.
All students and staff are members of the LRC and can borrow books and use resources. Books are loaned for two weeks – they need to be returned or renewed after this time. Text books and revision guides in some GCSE and A-Level subjects are loaned for the school year. The library card is the borrower’s finger which is scanned using a biometric scanner, it fully complies with the Data Protection Act and it cannot be used to recreate a fingerprint.