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The Hayesbrook School

A Brook Learning Trust Academy

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 6000 books are available for students and staff to borrow
  • Wide range of books available in the non-fiction sections, from Religion and Art, to Geography and History
  • Hundreds of high quality fiction titles including many Classics and Carnegie Award winners
  • Each fiction book is given a reading age by the Learning Resource Centre Manager so students are able to choose books based on their reading level 
  • 28 computers
  • Photocopier and Printer
  • Magazines and Newspapers.

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.

Other Initiatives

The South East Schools Themed Book Awards book club meets every Thursday lunchtime. 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. The 2018 awards ceremony was on the 27th of March this year and the featured speakers were popular authors Juno Dawson and Patrice Lawrence. The students that attended enjoyed being able to hear the authors about writing and get their books signed.

Miss Kindregan also organises regular events to promote reading for pleasure. In November 2017 we had author Joseph Delaney visit the school to speak all students in Years 7 and 8 and sign copies of his books. The first Hayesbrook Harry Potter Book Night Quiz took place on the 1st of February 2018 and it was a fantastic and fun night for all students, families, and staff that attended. 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.

Recommended Reading Lists

Please see the recommended reading list, with books for all year groups, attached below: