Learning Resource Centre
The Learning Resource Centre is located in the Bevan Building alongside the Humanities department. It is an environment designed to promote independent study and reading for pleasure.
LRC Opening Hours:
Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 4.00pm
Friday 8:30am to 3:00pm
- Over 5000 books are available for students and staff to explore and borrow
- Wide range of books available in the non-fiction section, from Sport and Art, to Geography and History, including magazines and newspapers
- Hundreds of fiction titles organised by genre, including winners of prestigious awards such as the Carnegie Medal and YA Book Prize
- The 28 computers and printer are available for students to use at free times and in lessons
The School Day
Students are welcome to use the LRC before school, at break, during lunchtime and after school for completing schoolwork, revising, or reading for pleasure.
During lesson time the LRC is open to Sixth Form students wishing to use the resources for independent study. Staff in all departments also regularly book the LRC for lessons.
Students in Years 7, 8, and 9 have timetabled English lessons in the LRC once a fortnight. They read books together as a group and choose their own books to encourage reading for pleasure.
Students are able to borrow 2 books from the LRC at once for two weeks at a time. The books can be renewed for another two weeks if there is no one else waiting for them.
LRC Clubs and Events
The South East Schools Themed Book Awards book club meets every other Thursday at break time. Over 15 local schools participate in the South East Schools Themed Book Awards each year, which involves students reading books from the Young Adult and/or Teen book shortlists and then voting for their favourites. The winners are announced at an awards ceremony at Kent College in Pembury, which includes the chance to meet some of the authors and have their books signed. In 2018 the fantastic authors Juno Dawson and Patrice Lawrence attended and in 2019 we had the equally fantastic Matt Killeen and Sita Bramachari in attendance. For more information about this local book award, including this year’s shortlists and pictures of past awards evenings you can visit: https://sestba.co.uk
Miss Kindregan also organises regular events to promote reading for pleasure. In November 2017 we had author of the Spook’s Apprentice and Arena 13 Joseph Delaney visit the school to speak all students in Years 7 and 8 and sign copies of his books. In June 2018 Miss Kindregan was given the opportunity to bring one student from Hayesbrook to an exclusive talk and signing with His Dark Materials author Philip Pullman at Sevenoaks Bookshop, which was enlightening and a fantastic rare opportunity to meet a living literary legend. To celebrate Bloomsbury’s Harry Potter Book Night Miss hosts a challenging and fun quiz every February for students, families, and staff.
Recommended Reading Lists
Please see the recommended reading list, with books for all year groups, attached below: