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 10,000 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. The LRC and its pupils are always active in charity events; Children in Need, Comic Relief, World Book Day etc. and a team of pupil librarians are a central part in organising these events.

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.


This area of the Learning Resource Centre is designed to promote the well-being of our pupils. 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.

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 get a raffle ticket. Each raffle ticket will be put in a draw for some fab prizes! Think money vouchers, prize hampers etc. The winning ticket for Year 11 will receive a FREE PROM TICKET!

Each student that reads ALL SIX of the chosen books for their year group will be invited to a SPECTACULAR BREAKFAST BUFFET CELEBRATION event at the end of the year and have chance to present their ideas on the books read.

Learning Resource Centre
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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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