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.

World Book Day 2022

We’re gearing up for World Book Day on Thursday 3 March! Pupils will be able to:

  • visit the LRC at break or lunch time on 3rd March
  • dress up as their favourite book character
  • have their photograph taken in the LRC’s photo booth
  • dress their form room door as any book or character to win a prize!

Peer Mentors

Here at Horbury Academy, we have a dedicated team of Peer Mentors. These older pupils 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 pupil 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.

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.

Awesome Authors

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.

  • LRC's Top 10 Books

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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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