Learning Resource Centre
The Beacon School’s Learning Resource Centre (LRC) is located on the ground floor of the Ashcroft building. It provides a bright and spacious welcoming environment for individual study, class activities and leisure reading.
The aim of the LRC is to promote reading for pleasure and to support students and teachers with learning across the curriculum.
The library is open Monday to Thursday 8.15am – 4.00pm and on Friday's 8.15am to 3.00pm. All students are welcome before school, after school and during break and lunchtimes. Homework club is available after school for an hour each day and students may use books and computers with a member of staff on hand to help.
There are over 18,000 books, incorporating both fiction and non-fiction and a selection of daily newspapers. Stock is replenished at regular intervals with current titles always in abundance. Students are given login details when they join the school which enables them to manage their own account and write book reviews. 'Oliver' is the Library Management System which students can use to search for resources and books that they may need. 'Oliver' also holds a large database of reliable web links and other online resources to help students with their homework or information needs.
Twenty seven computers with Microsoft Office applications with access to the internet and library printer are available during break and lunchtimes.
All students in Year 7 are timetabled for a library lesson for an hour a fortnight. During this time students learn how to use the library in an effective way and follow a programme called Accelerated Reader. This programme is used nationally and encourages reading for pleasure as well as helping to improve students reading and comprehension abilities. Students are given a short computer-based vocabulary test at the start of every term which helps them match their choice of book to their reading ability. When students have finished their book they take a short quiz on the computer – passing the quiz is an indication that they have understood what has been read.
A wide range of activities take place in the LRC, including the Carnegie Shadowing Club, book trailer showings, board games, bookmark making and book quizzes. Many in-school competitions and reading challenges run throughout the school year and we are proud that our students have gained significant recognition through national competitions.
Please see Mrs Cox for further information.