Learning Resource Centre

Learning Resource Centre

Department Overview

Horbury Academy’s Learning Resource Centre is a safe and welcoming learning environment for all our pupils 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 pupil and we have over 4,000 books available for pupils to use through the day, as well as to borrow. The Learning Resource Centre provides an opportunity for pupils 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.

Many pupils 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.

Reading Matters

We have a team of Reading Volunteers who visit the academy weekly. They offer additional support to pupils 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 pupil’s overall reading ability.

Academic Learning Wall

This area of the Learning Resource Centre is designed for students to research and develop their understanding of topics being taught across the curriculum.

There is also a designated section promoting diversity. This covers LGBTQ+, Mental – Health awareness and SEND. We embrace inclusivity and offer a warm welcome to all.

30 books to read before you leave Horbury Academy!

The challenge:

We have selected our Academy’s top reads. These will take you to a variety of places, times and cultures. Each book has been especially selected to be an interesting and exciting read. You can read the books in any order you wish – choose whatever you fancy! Read and relax, we can’t wait to hear how you find our top reads!

The prizes:

When you have read each book and returned it (be ready for some questions!) you will be asked to complete a book review. Each student that participates will be put into a prize draw. Winners will be chosen at random to attend celebration events throughout the year!

The Winning ticket for Y11 will receive a FREE PROM TICKET!

Learning Resource Centre

Blue Peter Book Club

Join the Blue Peter Book Club!

Learn more about how you can get involved

You will also have the opportunity to apply for the brand-new Blue Peter Book badge!

Book Fair

Our annual book fair was a great success! 

The total sales amount for the academy was £406.83

This gave the academy £162.73 to spend on rewards, which has been spent on new books. 

8KENYA were the form group that generated the highest sales amount. Collectively, the form spent £50.95.

Competitions: Young Writers

We are excited to be opening up two competitions from Young Writers: Through Their Eyes and Fright Club!

More details can be found below, with respective closing dates of Friday 16 February and Friday 12 July 2024.

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The Accord Multi Academy Trust is an educational charity established in September 2016 that is currently made up of four academies who were the founding members of the Trust. In September 2016 Horbury Academy and Ossett Academy & Sixth Form College came together, moving away from their stand-alone Trust status and were joined in December 2016 by Horbury Primary Academy and Middlestown Primary Academy.

The overarching vision for the Trust is to work in one ‘Accord – celebrating the differences of each academy through strong collaboration in order to inspire all members of our learning community to be the best that they can be.

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