Horbury Academy’s Learning Resource Centre is a safe and welcoming learning environment for all our students to access before, during and after the Academy day. We aim to provide a positive influence, through support and guidance, to ensure that every student can access the necessary resources to enable them to achieve their full potential and reach their goals.
The Academy develops a love of reading in every student and we have over 10,000 books available for students to use through the day but also available for students to borrow. The Learning Resource Centre provides an opportunity for students to read, research, study quietly, access computers and staff are always available to provide support when required.
During break and lunchtimes activities are available and competitions run throughout the year. The LRC and its students are always active in charity events; Children in Need, Comic Relief, World Book Day etc. and a team of Student Librarians are a central part in organising these events.
Many students use the facility after academy hours for enrichment activities, including homework groups and revision support. Mr Green, our Careers Advisor, can be found in the LRC weekly, on a Tuesday until 3.45pm to offer Wakefield Prospectus and Apprenticeship advice.
Here at Horbury Academy, we have a dedicated team of Peer Mentors. These older students are trained to offer advice and coping strategies to their younger peers. Our programme offers additional support and encouragement over a range of different areas. We actively promote positivity, confidence; build self – esteem and resilience. This in turn increases opportunities for personal and social development, and can have an impact on how a student participates in academy life. Once the course is completed, the mentees can take the mechanisms taught and use them for any specific challenges they may face.
We have a team of Reading Volunteers who visit the academy weekly. They offer additional support to students requiring assistance with their reading. The volunteers have access to a wide variety of materials and resources which enable them to implement a number of strategies. The methods used are designed to develop a student’s overall reading ability.
This area of the Learning Resource Centre is designed to promote the well-being of our students. The resources available support diversity and cover topics such as: LGBTQ, mental-health awareness and ASD. We embrace inclusivity and offer a warm welcome to all.
Have a browse through our Awesome Authors section. This area celebrates some of the best loved children’s authors. The magic of JK Rowling, hilarity of David Walliams and splendiferous Roald Dahl are all available in the LRC.
Check out our new arrivals for 2020!CTA
LRC's Top 10 BooksCTA
Summer Reading Challenge
Our new cohort of Year 7 students were asked to participate in a summer holiday reading challenge. The challenge required students to complete a series of relaxing, and sometimes unusual, reading tasks. Seventy – seven students completed the challenge. Well done to everyone who participated!
LRC Christmas Competition 2019
Very well done to our LRC Christmas Competition 2019 winners:
1st Place – Evie Parker – 7 Indonesia
2nd Place – Tiegan Armitage – 7 Netherlands
3rd Place – Ocean Shaw – 7 Bahamas
Entrants had to write a short story, poem or song entitled ‘That’s what Christmas
means to me’ which could be either an anecdote or fictional piece. Entries were all of a high quality.
Thank you to everyone who took part in the competition. Every student has received a celebration certificate in recognition of their hard work.
Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.