Learning Resource Centre

Learning Resource Centre (LRC) Opening Times & Facilities

The Learning Resource Centre provides facilities at your fingertips where you can research quietly and quickly.

The LRC:

• provides resources to support students studies
• develops students independent learning skills
• promotes reading for pleasure
• provides careers resources
• provides study space and ICT facilities

Resources include:

• Course books • Magazines • Newspapers • CDs • Open access computers • E-resources

Opening Times:

Opened Daily 8am – 4.30pm
Before School (Homework Club) – 8:00am – 8:30am & After School (Homework Club) 3pm – 4:30pm. Laptops and Printing Facility is available in the LRC, during these times.
Break Time & Lunchtime – Reading Zone, Quiet Study, Book Borrowing and E-praise Shop Opened.

About The Learning Resource Centre (LRC) & Facilities

LRC is accessible to students all day, and is managed by The LRC Manager. During lesson times the Sixth Formers who have a free period can study in the LRC for Quiet Study Time or Revision. All Sixth Formers have an IPad and Laptops are available for pupils to use in the LRC.

Library Sessions take place each week for Year 7 & 8 Pupils during their English Lessons. Class visits to the LRC are encouraged to make use of the healthy stock of resources. The LRC aims to stock the appropriate resources for each subject department (i.e. English, History, RE) as well as Fiction books which is organised into Genres (i.e. Adventure, Horror, Classics). All Year 7 students and New Pupils will be given a Library Barcode at the beginning of their School Year in September. These Barcodes must be placed inside of Pupil Planners. All Year 7 pupils will be introduced to the LRC and the facilities available in the beginning of their school life at St Josephs.
In addition to the above the LRC is also regularly used for specialised lessons, small group and one to one literacy programmes as well as Career Sessions for Y10’s-Y13’s.

The LRC is opened to all pupils Before & After School for Homework Club as it is opened during Break & Lunch times for All for the Reading Zone, Quiet Study, Book Borrowing and E-praise Shop. Books are issued for a two week loan period but can be renewed if required. It is crucial that children gain the love for reading and the LRC Manager aims to provide books which are going to appeal to pupils in all year groups. To encourage reading we have introduced a scheme called ‘Bag A Book’ during break and lunch times and gain E-praise Points. Pupils will also gain generous E-Praise points for writing a Review on the Reading Cloud (an online Library System). Reading lists are provided for each division and recommendations for the LRC are also always appreciated.

Book Awards & Reading Challenges


Shadowing The Cilip Carnegie Book Award

St Joseph’s takes pride in taking part in SHADOWING the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Book Award one of UK’s oldest and most prestigious children’s book awards each year. Often described by authors and illustrators as ‘the one they want to win’ – they are the gold standard in children’s literature.

Now one of the main national reading for pleasure initiatives, the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards Shadowing scheme engages thousands of children and young people in reading the books on the shortlist via reading groups in schools and public libraries with dedicated educational and digital resources to support each shortlist.

The Medals are awarded annually by CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, with a longlist announced in February, shortlists in March and the medal winners announced at a June ceremony. The award, was set up to promote reading at St Josephs to young people, with the aim of introducing new readers to new books. The scheme is open to all students from Year 7 through to Year 13 and even St Joseph’s staff.

Cilip Carnegie Reading Challenge

Whilst shadowing Carnegie books this year, our pupils took on a Reading Challenge to read as many of the Carnegie books in the Longlist and Shortlist as possible. Gold, Silver and Bronze prizes were given to our Top Readers.


Competitions and Activities in the LRC

During break and lunchtime pupils are engaged in certain Reading and Writing activities throughout the year to promote the love of learning. There is a Young Writers Competition held at St Joseph’s each term, which all pupils aged 11-18 are invited to participate in. Young Writers Competition taken place this year included Poetry Games, Stranger Saga and Poetry Escape.

There are Word Searches, Scavenger Hunts, Cross Words, Match the Words, Design Book Tokens & Posters, Create Sentences with ‘Word of The Week’ and many other Literacy Activities taking place. An activity takes place to mark each Literacy Event celebrated in the LRC at St. Josephs.

LRC Online

Students, Staff and parents can access our online facility the Reading Cloud, where you can search, request and reserve resources, as well as write/video/podcast book reviews and keep up to date with what’s going on.

 LRC Online
Students, Staff and parents can access our online facility the Reading Cloud, where you can search, request and reserve resources, as well as write/video/podcast book reviews and keep up to date with what’s going on.


Read, Write, Excite!

Read a book. Do a Review. Upload it to the Reading Cloud! The more you read & review, the more points you get. Points = Prizes!!



Celebrating the Literacy Events

Literacy Events are celebrated throughout the year. Harry Potter Event, STEM WEEK, National Poetry Day and World Book Night are celebrated each year with various activities and events organised in the LRC and throughout the school.


Harry Potter Book Event – Celebrated 1st Feb 2018

Celebrating 20 years of the multiple award winning Harry Potter Book Series and the work of a remarkable author J K Rowling. Harry Potter Book Event was magnificent! The LRC was turned into a Wizardry School for the day. Everything looked truly magical from the décor through to our young Wizards! With the support of our amazing teachers, St Joseph’s students enjoyed this memorable event. Our pupils took part in various wizardry activities from decorating Wands at Ollivanders, Pinning the Scar on Harry’s Face, Getting Sorted by the “Sorting Hat” to Brewing Potions and off-course having their photos taken at the “Harry Potter Selfie Booth”.

World Book Day – Celebrated 1st March 2018

World Book Day Celebrations this year included ‘Decorating Form Doors into A Book Theme’ competition, Designing a National Book Token competition and Sharing Inspirational Stories with pupils and teachers in the LRC!

The Winning Door

STEM WEEK – Celebrated 12-16th March 2018

National Science Week which aims to help schools and their communities celebrate careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). During STEM week various sessions took place at St Josephs as Career Sessions, Nubble (game used to develop thinking skills and strategies) and Milktastic (where fun experiments were carried out using milk, colours and other substances to see the change of state) in the LRC!



World Poetry & National Poetry Days – Celebrated Oct 2018

Both days take place each year to promote the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry throughout at both national and international level. Below were 2 poems written by St Joseph’s pupils and selected from 6000 entries to be published in Young Writers Poetry Book. This year’s theme was “Poetry for a Change”.


World Book Night – Celebrated 23rd April 2018

World Book Night brings together a powerful collaboration of national partners – publishers, printers, libraries, booksellers, private donors, trusts and foundations – to inspire more people to read. Volunteers within organisations, businesses and communities share their love of reading by giving out books to people who don’t read for pleasure or own books. Events up and down the country celebrate the difference that reading makes to people’s lives.

 ‘The Great Book Swap Afternoon’ was held in the LRC to mark World Book Night. It was an afternoon of fun and excitement. Both Pupils and Teachers enjoyed Swapping Books with one another at St Josephs. It was absolutely fantastic seeing so many keen Readers all gathered together in the LRC to celebrate World Book Night. Listening to staff sharing stories about their favourite Childhood Books was thoroughly inspirational for our Young Readers.

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